Library of Congress This is part of a series of articles on the Greatest Moments in Flight, the breakthrough events that paved the way for human spaceflight and its next steps:
When Charles Lindbergh, a handsome and charming airmail pilot, landed in Paris after a thirty-three-and-a-half-hour journey, he instantly became an international superstar and America's most-loved living hero.
Louis named by his financial backers from that city. Three weeks later, on "Lindbergh Day" in New Yorkthe city closed the stock exchange and public schools, and more than four million people lined the parade route. Transatlantic flight captured the Western imagination for several reasons.
In the golden age of mass entertainment, Lindbergh's attempt had the feel of a great sporting event. Fans held their breath during the suspenseful fifteen-hour Atlantic crossing, and they followed Lindbergh's progress in exhilarating stages as the Spirit of St.
Louis was sighted over Ireland, then England, and finally France. Lloyd's of London put odds on the flight. Transatlantic air travel also marked another step in the march of scientific advancement. The Wright brothers had pulled off the first minute-long flight at Kitty HawkNorth Carolinajust twenty-four years earlier, and already an aviator had made the New York to Paris run.
Most importantly, however, Lindbergh seemed to embody true heroism—one brave man risking his life for the sake of human progress. Scott Fitzgerald wrote that Lindbergh resurrected the "old best dreams" of a culture infatuated with "country clubs and speak-easies.
News outlets were able to follow the odyssey almost in real time, and the newsreels of the takeoff were some of the first to synchronize picture and sound.
Few observers expected Lindbergh to succeed. Just two weeks before Lindbergh took off, a pair of Frenchmen bound for New York disappeared somewhere over the Atlantic. Moreover, while most attempts involved teams of pilots and massive aircrafts, Lindbergh flew alone and with only one engine.
He wanted control over every aspect of the flight, fewer moving parts that could malfunction, less total weight, and more fuel capacity. An Autobiography of Values. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, In his essay titled, “The Meaning of Lindbergh’s Flight,” published in , historian John William Ward theorized that Lindbergh enabled Americans to look both forward to the technological future, which they feared and misunderstood, and backward to their pioneering past.
News of the Lindberghs' "flight to Europe" did not become public until a full day later, and even after the identity of their ship became known radiograms addressed to Lindbergh on it were returned as "Addressee not aboard".Rank: Brigadier General.
Hall stated that "The presence of Charles Lindbergh, with his keen knowledge of flying, his understanding of engineering problems, his implicit faith in the proposed flight, and his constant application to it, was a most important factor in welding the entire [aircraft] factory organization into one smoothly running team.
The meaning of Lindbergh's flight. [John William Ward] Home. WorldCat Home About WorldCat Help. Search. Search for Library Items Search for Lists Search for Contacts Search for a Library.
Create lists, bibliographies and reviews: or Search WorldCat. Find items in libraries near you. Charles Lindbergh: Charles Lindbergh, American aviator who made the first nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean (May 20–21, ).
The achievement made him one of the most-celebrated personalities of the interwar period. He was perhaps the most prominent advocate for U.S. isolationism in the early years of World War II. Watch video · The Spirit of St. Louis carried Charles Lindbergh from New York to Paris in 33 and a half hours, the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
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