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TIMES MAGAZINE D ECEMBER 1929

L EAD S TORY H EADLINE One of the most amazing things to happen in all of this decade was the flight of the Spirit of St. Louis in 1927. This flight was a defining moment in the lives of many American people. When Charles Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic Ocean and crossed into France, he made history. He was the first man to fly from New York to Paris, solo and without stop. His achievement won him a cash prize worth lots of money and made him a celebrity. What Lindbergh did was important because he showed many Americans the potential in planes. After World War I people were excited by airplanes and their capabilities. They took a strong interest in them but after time went by and not much happened regarding airplanes and people lost interest. That is why what Mr. Lindbergh did is so important. He put the excitement of flight back into the heart of the American public through his actions. His historic flight will be remembered forever He began his flight at Roosevelt Field, Long Island. He made the entire flight with nothing but four sandwiches and two canteens of water. He reported after that while flying over Ireland he was only 10 feet above the waves in fear of losing visions because of fog.

When he had finally arrived in France people swarmed the landing area and he had to cut power to the engine before someone was hurt. When Charles returned home he had become an inspiration to the American people for having civilian aircraft. While they still have not been released for commercial use the nation feels very confident. Lindbergh has already been a very accomplished pilot. It was after this he went on a tour of 49 states becoming an advocate for commercial flying. It was earlier this year he was given the presidents highest honor, the Congressional Medal of Honor. He seems to be the most skilled and enthusiastic pilot we have seen to this day. We hope that many more will follow in the footsteps of pilots like Charles Lindbergh. The plane, the spirit of St. Louis, is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen in my life. The plane weighed a heavy 2000. Somehow he managed to get this 29 foot long and 47 foot wide piece of machinery in the air with a 9 cylinder engine. This single engine plane was created by Ryan Airlines Co. based out of San Diego, California. This

company worked out of an old fish cannery. At first Lindbergh was skeptical about taking part in a company who worked out of those conditions. However after sitting down with the manager of the company he decided to continue his quest to fly the Atlantic Ocean with their plane. They built the entire frame and body of the plane but Lindbergh was responsible for the Engine.


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