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The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University we know today is the product of a long and prestigious history. In 1925, barnstormer John Paul Riddle met entrepreneur T. Higbee Embry, and together, they formed the Embry-Riddle Company to teach the adventurous to fly. This partnership was the beginning of a vision that has produced more than 140,000 alumni who drive innovation and keep the aerospace and related industries running safely and productively. Read more about our storied past and ascendant future or search historical records in the digital repository.