Film director, producer, racing driver, owner of an Indy car and philanthropist, Paul Newman was one of the world’s most successful and influential people of the 20th century. The actor, director, producer, and race car driver were just some of his many other roles. In spite of all of his achievements, he still had a desire to become a pilot, one of many.
After graduating from Yale V-12, Newman enlisted in the US Navy, but his dreams of serving in the Royal Navy were dashed. His dreams of becoming a pilot were shattered when he discovered he was color-blind. He also served as a torpedo bomber gunner and a rear-seat radio operator. In 1946, he was honourably discharged and awarded a medal of valour for his service.