Charles Lindbergh, an American aviator who rose to international fame in 1927 after becoming the first person to fly solo and nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean in his monoplane, Spirit of St. Louis. As the first person to fly nonstop across the Atlantic—and the first person to make the trip solo, Lindbergh became an instant worldwide celebrity and role model.
First Aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean
Charles Augustus Lindbergh, born in 1902, was an American aviator, military officer, author, inventor, and activist. From an early age, Lindbergh grew an interest in the mechanics of motorized transportation, including his family's Saxon Six automobile, and later his Excelsior motorbike. By the time that he started college as a mechanical engineering student, he had also become fascinated with flying, even though he had never been close enough to a plane to touch it.
In 1927, at the age of 25, Lindbergh became world-famous for winning the Orteig Prize after his nonstop solo flight from New York to Paris. Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis landed at Paris’ Le Bourget airfield on May 21, 1927. A crowd of around 150,000 people had gathered at the French airfield to witness the historic moment.
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Lindbergh covered the 33+1⁄2-hour, 3,600-statute-mile (5,800 km) flight alone in a purpose-built, single-engine Ryan monoplane, the Spirit of St. Louis. This was the first solo transatlantic flight, the first transatlantic flight between two major city hubs, and the longest transatlantic flight by almost 2,000 miles. This legendary flight is considered a turning point in world history for the development and advancement of aviation, ushering in a new era of transportation between parts of the globe.
Lindbergh's achievement spurred significant global interest in both commercial aviation and air mail, which revolutionized the aviation industry worldwide, and he devoted much time and effort to promoting such activity.
Source: 'Charles Lindbergh' (2021). Wikipedia. Available at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Lindbergh (Accessed: 30 April 2021).
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