In the early morning of Friday, May 20, 1927, Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field, Long Island, in the Spirit of St. Louis attempting to win a $25,000 prize for the first solo nonstop flight between New York City and Paris.
On Saturday, May 21, after 33 hours and a 3,600-mile journey, he landed at Le Bourget Aerodrome in Paris, where tens of thousands of spectators had gathered to await his arrival. He was an immediate international celebrity.
Lindbergh was just 25 years old when he completed the trip becoming an immediate international celebrity. But the consequences of this fame brought him great grief, too, when his young son was kidnapped and killed in 1932.
On the same day, five years later (May 20, 1932) Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. She took off from Newfoundland, Canada, in her red Lockheed Vega, and landed 15 hours later near Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 15 hours later completing a 2,026-mile flight
Another five years later, along with her navigator, she disappeared while trying to fly her twin-engine plane around the equator.