Charles Lindbergh and His Contribution to Aviation During the 1920s

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Lindbergh Does It! To Paris in 33 1/2 Hours; Flies 1,000 Miles Through Snow and Sleet; Cheering French Carry Him Off Field.'' (James, 1927, p.1). The newspaper boldly announced Charles Lindbergh's astonishing achievement throughout the country. Young man Charles Lindbergh from Detroit, Michigan made the first transatlantic, solo flight from New York to Paris of 3,600 miles in 33 and a half hours. Charles Lindbergh's extraordinary success catapulted the curiosity of millions of Americans in air travel. On the front page of The New York Times Edwin L. James also wrote: “harbor craft, factories, fire sirens, and radio carry messages of the flier's victory throughout the city-Theaters halt while audiences cheer.” All Americans were awakened …show more content…
Other features that made Lindbergh stand out were that he flew alone, without the assistance of another pilot. From the start, Lindbergh expresses his extraordinary courage and bravery when deciding to risk his own life to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. On May 21 at 10:24 pm, Charles Lindbergh landed successfully in Paris where he was greatly celebrated by the French. In the United States, even greater celebration, thrill, and excitement awaited his arrival which included thousands or cheering Americans and parades to honor the hero. The success of the "Lone Eagle's" Flight in 1927 astonished the people of Europe and America, for the fact "[t]he cylic argument intimated that the flight couldn't be done, and for eight years technology supported that argument"(Bell, 2008, p. 89). In those days, aviation was still thought of as just some insane and impossible idea. Since Lindbergh was to fly alone, others automatically assumed it would be impossible since the duration of the extensive flight called for at least two pilots that can take turns flying the plane. Also, because of such a long distance, two engines would be required to even lift the engine off the ground. More engines would pile up even more weight onto the airplane, which would burn more fuel and thus requiring a very large aircraft with more power to cover such a distance from New York to Paris. These factors were no hassle to Lindbergh, for being the brave soul he

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