May 21, 1927: Aviator Charles Lindbergh Lands in Paris
On this day in 1927, aviator Charles A. Lindbergh landed in Paris after completing the first solo flight across the Atlantic. He was only 25 years old.
On his flight aboard The Spirit of St. Louis, Lindbergh traveled over 3,600 miles in 33.5 hours. Upon his landing, a new aviation hero was born, and The Spirit of St. Louis attained legendary status. Lindbergh became the most famous private citizen on the earth, but he resisted fame. He hated the press but spent most of his life attracting publicity.
Read how Charles Lindbergh prepared for the flight to Paris with American Experience’s detailed history of The Spirit of St. Louis.
Top Left Photo: Charles Lindbergh with “Spirit of St. Louis” in background. Copyrighted 1927 (Library of Congress). Top Right Photo: Charles Lindbergh working on engine of “The Spirit of St. Louis,” 1927 (Library of Congress). Bottom Photo: Charles Lindbergh in open cockpit of airplane at Lambert Field, St. Louis, Missouri, 1923 (Library of Congress).