27. 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 deterred though.

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.