Amelia Earhart ✈️ Charles Lindbergh

Aviation Heroes Charles Lindbergh Amelia Earhart
(by Adrian Matthews)

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.

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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.

 

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27 thoughts on “Amelia Earhart ✈️ Charles Lindbergh

  1. They were brave people. No back-up team. No planned rescue.
    Just the pilot and the plane.
    Many of the pioneers of aviation met with an untimely demise.
    Hélène Boucher, Mermoz were two of them.

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  2. Lindberg’s flight was an amazing achievement. His plane was well conceived and designed for the rigours of the flight. The flight plan was brilliant, even including a contingency for when he got lost. Which he did, but not by much. Three days after arriving in Paris he got in the plane, flew the Belgium then on to London. He also was a highly experienced flyer, learning young, trained by the Army Air Corp, with a few years as a mail plane pilot.

    I was hardly surprising that Amelia Earhart disappeared. Those radio beacons were weak and distorted by atmospherics. I don’t think she had anything like the support Lindbergh had either.

    Until the late thirties and the stronger more effective aircraft that transatlantic flights became practical.

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