The March 21, 1957 Corpus Christi Times (Corpus Christi, TX) ran a short blurb titled, "Rickenbacker Says Space Travel To Be 'Commonplace.'"
Interplanetary travel will become "commonplace" in the next 50 years, World War I ace Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker predicts.
"In fact," he told an audience of Rotarians yesterday, "space ships in the year 2007 will be semi-self-sustaining planets in themselves."
Rickenbacker, who is now chairman of the board of Easter Airlines, also foresaw the day when "nuclear powered guided missiles will reach speeds up to 25,000 miles an hour."