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Spirit of St Louis


Spirit of St Louis
After the Wright Brothers and their contemporaries had made flight achievable, aviators competed to take aviation to an even higher level. Charles A. Lindbergh was one of these men and in May 1927 competed for $25,000 to be the first to cross the Atlantic non-stop. French hotel owner Raymond Orteig had a great passion for flying and offered the best pilots in the world the cash prize.

Lindbergh and the Spirit of St Louis were the ideal team to undertake the task. The plane had been specifically constructed for the mission and in test flights it managed to break the transcontinental record by flying from San Diego to New York in 21 hours and 40 minutes. Any item that wasn’t needed was removed so Lindbergh was forced to fly with no radio, parachute or navigation lights! The historic journey was made between 20-21 May and the Spirit of St Louis was in such good shape, it was constantly flown around the Americas for years by Lindbergh to increase interest in aeronautics. The plane is now at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC, forever an icon.

Spirit of St Louis