Charles Lindbergh with the Spirit of St. Louis in which he made the first successful flight across the Atlantic (Stock Images)
Surely to Chuck’s delight, this hero is a son of Detroit.
He was an US Air Mail pilot delivering mail long distance and at age 24 he made history.
He then piloted a single engine plane, named the Spirit of St. Louis, on a 5,800 km journey across the Atlantic Ocean from New York City to Paris, landing in the French capital in 1927 on this day.
That marked the first solo flight across the pond.
He, of course, is Charles Lindbergh.
Here is Clegg’s wall map of Lindbergh’s various important flights beyond the first Atlantic crossing. The map was issued in 1928.
Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.
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