- NAME: Charles Lindbergh
- OCCUPATION: Inventor, Pilot, Writer
- BIRTH DATE: February 04, 1902
- DEATH DATE: August 26, 1974
- EDUCATION: University of Wisconsin
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Detroit, Michigan
- PLACE OF DEATH: Maui, Hawaii
- Full Name: Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr.
- AKA: Charles Augustus Lindbergh
- AKA: Charles Lindbergh
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Aviator Charles Lindbergh became famous for making the first solo transatlantic airplane flight in 1927.
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Born on February 4, 1902, in Detroit, Michigan, Charles Lindbergh completed the first solo transatlantic flight in his plane, Spirit of St. Louis. In 1932, his 20-month-old son was kidnapped. The Lindberghs paid the $50,000 ransom, but sadly their son's dead body was found in the nearby woods weeks later. The events made world news and added to Lindbergh's fame. Lindbergh died in Maui, Hawaii, in 1974.
Born Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr. on February 4, 1902, in Detroit, Michigan, Charles Lindbergh became famous for making the first solo transatlantic airplane flight in 1927. Before he took to the skies, however, Lindbergh was raised on a farm in Minnesota and the son of a lawyer and a congressman.
Lindbergh studied mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin before leaving school to pursue his interest in flight. He went to Lincoln, Nebraska, where he made his first solo flight in 1923. Lindbergh became a barnstormer, or a daredevil pilot, performing at fairs and other events. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1924 and trained as an Army Air Service Reserve pilot. He later worked as an airmail pilot, flying back and forth between St. Louis and Chicago.
In the 1920s, hotel owner Raymond Orteig was offering a prize of $25,000 to the first pilot to make the journey from New York to Paris without making any stops. Lindbergh wanted to win this challenge and enlisted the support of some St. Louis businessmen. Several others had tried and failed, but this didn't deter him. Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, on May 20, 1927. Flying a monoplane named Spirit of St Louis, he crossed the Atlantic Ocean.
Lindbergh landed at Le Bourguet Field near Paris after 33.5 hours in the air. During his groundbreaking trip, he had traveled more than 3,600 miles. Upon his arrival, Lindbergh was welcomed by more than 100,000 people who came to see aviation history in the making. After his daring feat, large crowds enthusiastically greeted wherever he went. Lindbergh received many prestigious honors, including the Distinguished Flying Cross medal from President Calvin Coolidge.
Lindbergh dedicated much of his time to promoting the field of aviation. Traveling around the country, he flew his famous plane to different cities where he gave speeches and participated in parades. The public couldn't get enough of Lindbergh -- his book on the legendary flight entitled We (1927) became a best seller. Nicknamed "Lucky Lindy" and "The Lone Eagle," he became an international celebrity and he tried to use that fame to help aviation and other causes he believed in.
During a trip to Latin America, he met Anne Morrow in Mexico whom he wed in 1929. The next year he taught her how to fly a plane, and the two enjoyed the privacy that flying afforded them. Together they charted routes for commercial air travel around the world.
Seeking a life away from the spotlight, Lindbergh and his wife went to live on an estate in Hopewell, New Jersey.
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