Gene Roddenberry was best known for creating the science fiction series Star Trek. With an interest in aeronautical engineering and a pilot’s license, he joined the US Army Air Corps in 1941. He flew combat missions in the Pacific Theatre with the “Bomber Barons” of the 394th Bomb Squadron. In total, he flew 89 missions for which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal before he was discharged in 1945. Roddenberry maintained an ongoing association with aviation world over the years. After the war he worked as a commercial pilot for Pan Am, and during the mid-sixties he spent much of his spare time, while working on Star Trek, at California’s Monterey Peninsula Airport with a group of aviation enthusiasts flying World War 2 fighters.