Charles Lindbergh

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Who exactly was Charles Lindbergh? Lindbergh was the man who completed the flight from New York to Paris, and was the first to fly solo non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean. The start of the Golden Age of aviation.
One rainy drizzling morning in May the highly trained, experienced, and well prepared Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field. He flew day and night and when he approached a fishing boat that is how he knew he was close to land. He flew over Ireland and England and the English Channel. From the French coast he followed the light beacons that lit the Paris- London airway. He reached Paris after ten in the evening on May 21st after thirty-three hours and twenty-nine minutes in the air.
Lindbergh won the Orteig Prize and French President Gaston Doumergue awarded Lindbergh the Legion of Honor! Back in the United States, President Calvin Coolidge pinned the Distinguished Flying Cross on Lindbergh’s lapel. His flight also won the reserve officer promotion to colonel and, after Lindbergh visited Congress, the Congressional Medal of Honor. Lindbergh became a popular hero!
Lindbergh’s flight proved the reliability of aircraft and aircraft engines designed and built after the war. The flight demonstrated the safety of civil aircraft and of aviation in general. Lindbergh then wanted to sell and promote aviation. He did this through Goodwill tours.
Lindbergh flew the Spirit of St. Louis on a tour in the United States between July 20th and October 23rd 1927. He visited all 48 states and covered 22,000 miles, and logged 260 hours and 45 minutes in the air!
When I first started reading about Lindbergh I started to think how incredibly tough flying was back then compared to us in todays world. With all of the technology we have today, I can’t imagine the amount of guts it took to take on such an adventure. Lindbergh’s passion for flight and desire to challenge is very inspiring and I will forever respect and thank him for opening opportunities for me and fellow aviators.

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