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327. Charles Lindbergh: A Superstar Pilot
Charles Lindbergh is an American hero, who took
nation, and the world by storm as a
-year-old pilot in 1927. That was the year Lindbergh
from New York City to Paris across the
Ocean solo. Aviation technology was not very advanced
that time period. Lindbergh's plane The Spirit of
. Louis was believed by many to be simply
small to make the solo flight across the
Atlantic. Just carrying enough fuel for the flight
a challenge, and so was the trip itself.
of the limitations on the speed of aircraft
the time, it would take many hours to
the trip; it was generally accepted that a
could not make it alone. Lindbergh would not
Lindbergh was working as a mail
when he decided to make his cross-Atlantic flight.
well-known and trained aviators had lost their lives
to make the flight before him, so his
for success were not in his favor. On
morning of May 20, 1927, Lindbergh launched his
plane from Roosevelt Field in New York, and
to reach Paris. The flight was an international
as Lindbergh's progress was reported by report stations
his flight. Lindbergh faced many dangers and challenges
his flight, including foul weather, and flying blind
thick fog. He also had to fight his
during the nearly 54-hour flight.
It was all
worth the trouble when Lindbergh landed in Paris
Saturday night, May 21, 1927. More than 150,000
citizens had gathered to join the celebration of
historic flight. Lindbergh had become an international superstar
overnight. He came home to an adoring American
that celebrated his fame with a parade through
streets of New York City.