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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Historic Flight of Charles Lindbergh

Eighty eight years ago today, on May 20, 1927, at 7:52 am, one of the greatest feats in aviation history began. Twenty-five-year-old Charles A. Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York in his silver monoplane called "The Spirit of St. Louis." You can see a thrilling reenactment of that momentous event in the great movie called “The Spirit of St. Louis” featuring Jimmy Stewart in his greatest role as the young pilot, Charles Lindbergh. You can view a replica of that tiny, fragile plane suspended from the ceiling in the terminal of the St. Louis Airport. The plane was named "The Spirit of St. Louis” because most of the money Lindbergh raised to finance this flight came from St. Louis, and the people I know who contributed to that project believe it was the best money they ever spent. They are so proud of being part of that historic flight.

Thirty-three and a half hours after take-off, Lindbergh landed in Paris, France, completing the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. It was a world shaping event. Lindbergh had been just a young test pilot for a St. Louis firm, but overnight he became an international hero, decorated by our President and by the leaders of many other countries. If you haven’t seen the Jimmy Stewart movie about the Lindbergh flight, I urge you to rent it and give yourself a treat. Making the movie turned out to be a real challenge since most of the action took place in the cockpit of the plane, and Lindbergh’s chief companion for the flight was a common house fly.

This story of the first trans-Atlantic flight is typical of our American heritage. Industrial progress, technological marvels, and brave men setting un-heard of records are peppered all throughout our history. While liberals continue to silence any mention of American exceptionalism, I think it is key that we remind our young people of the many inventors, adventurers, and heroes who made their mark because they were raised with the idea of the American dream. Our wonderful freedom in American allows ordinary people through hard work and perseverance to become heroes of history.

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