Cordice was the son of a North Carolina doctor, but he had hoped to become an engineer and an aviator like Charles Lindbergh.
He grew up in Murdo, S.D., population 612, the son of a World War II aviator and war hero.
In 2004, she won again for The aviator, which spanned the first half of the 20th century.
"aircraft pilot," 1887, from French aviateur, from Latin avis (see aviary) + -ateur. Also used c.1891 in a sense of "aircraft." Feminine form aviatrix is from 1927; earlier aviatrice (1910), aviatress (1911).