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Charles Augustus Lindbergh
February 4, 1902
|Died||August 26, 1974
Kipahulu, Maui, Hawaii, U.S.
|Resting place||Palapala Ho'omau Church, Kipahulu, Maui, Hawaii|
|Nationality||United States of America|
|Education||Sidwell Friends School
Redondo Union High School
Little Falls High School
University of Wisconsin–Madison (did not graduate)
|Occupation||Aviator, author, inventor, explorer, activist|
|Known for||First solo transatlantic flight (1927)|
|Home town||Little Falls, Minnesota|
|Spouse(s)||Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1929–1974) (his death)|
|Children||With Anne Morrow Lindbergh:
Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr.
Land Morrow Lindbergh
Anne Spencer Lindbergh (Perrin)
Reeve Lindbergh (Brown)
With Brigitte Hesshaimer:
Astrid Hesshaimer Bouteuil
With Marietta Hesshaimer:
With Valeska (surname unknown):
a son (name unknown)
a daughter (name unknown)
|Parent(s)||Charles August Lindbergh
Evangeline Lodge Land Lindbergh
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|| United States Army Air Corps
United States Army Air Forces
United States Air Force
|Years of service||1925–1941, 1954–1974|
|Awards||Medal of Honor (1927)
Distinguished Flying Cross (1927)
Congressional Gold Medal (1928)
Charles Augustus Lindbergh (February 4, 1902 – August 26, 1974), known as "Lucky Lindy" and "The Lone Eagle", was a pioneering United States airplane pilot. He became famous for making the first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927.
Lindbergh was born in Detroit, Michigan. His parents were Swedish immigrants. He grew up in Little Falls, Minnesota. His father, Charles August Lindbergh, was a lawyer and later a U.S. congressman, who was against the United States entering into World War I. His mother was a teacher. While he was young, he was interested in machines. In 1922 he joined a pilot training program with Nebraska Aircraft, bought his own airplane, and became a stunt pilot. In 1924, he started training as a pilot with the United States Army Air Corps.
After finishing first in his class, Lindbergh took his first job as pilot of an airmail route in St. Louis. He flew the mail in an airplane.
First solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean
Lindbergh gained fame around the world as the first pilot to fly solo (alone) and non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean. He flew from Roosevelt Airfield (Nassau County, Long Island), New York, USA to Paris, France on May 20-21, 1927 in his single-engine airplane The Spirit of St. Louis. He needed 33.5 hours for the trip. When he arrived back in the United States, many warships and aircraft escorted him to Washington, D.C. where President Calvin Coolidge gave him the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Lindbergh's act won him the Orteig Prize, which was 25,000 US dollars. A parade was held for him on 5th Avenue in New York City on June 13, 1927. At the end of the year, he was named Time's first Man of the Year.
He served on a variety of national and international boards and committees, including the central committee of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics in the United States.
Lindbergh is honored in aviation for mapping out polar air-routes, flying at high altitudes, and decreasing fuel use.
Lindbergh's legacy is, in part, his unique solo flight which changed public opinion about the value and significance of aircraft and air travel. In greater part, his legacy developed from what he did with his status and fame. He used his celebrity to advance aviation across the world.
A developing Lindbergh legacy is in life sciences.
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