Without any diploma Jimmy Wedell became one of the greatest pilots and aircraft manufacturers of the 1930s.
Wedell broke the world landplane speed record in 1933 by achieving 305.33 m.p.h. in a Wedell-Williams airplane of his own design. He won the Thompson Trophy air race the same year.
The Jimmy's company, Wedell-Williams Air Service Corporation, won 14 "distinguished finishes" (top five) in Thompson and Bendix Trophy races.
The Wedell-Williams No. 44 "Miss Champion" remains the most successful and most advance aircraft designed by Jimmy Wedell and is one of the fastest aircraft in the United States, Wedell calling it "hot as a .44 and twice as fast" that's all it takes!
During his lifetime, Wedell held more speed and long distance records than any other racing pilot. Not only was he the first person to fly over 300 mph in a "land plane", but he also set a "three flag speed" record, flying from Ottawa, Canada to Washington, D.C., and on to Mexico City in 11 hours and 53 minutes.
Wedell's best year in air racing was 1933, when he won races in ALL the competitions he entered.