When Charles Lindbergh’s son had been kidnapped it shocked and fascinated the entire world. He was not only one of the finest pilots of his time but he was an excellent public speaker. In the 1920’s and 1930’s English teachers used his writings and even more often his wife’s writings in their English lessons. English and History teachers still use Charles Lindbergh’s and his wife’s works in their lessons. Even though Lindbergh was most famous for his transatlantic flight and winning the Orieg Prize he is also honored for his expertise in aviation and promoting “good will” throughout the Latin American countries.
When he was young, his most successful design was actually a large 4 engine plane that the military converted to use as a bomber during WWI, and it flew hundreds of successful combat missions. One of Igor’s helicopters, the R-4, was flown by American military forces during WWII and used for the first successful helicopter rescue to save pilots that had crashed behind enemy lines in Burma. In WWII, pilots flew helicopters on missions to gather military information and to rescue soldiers. The main buyers of helicopters today are the military and civilian rescue teams. During his lifetime, he received many medals and awards for aviation, including the U.S. Presidential Certificate of Merit, the Guggenheim Medal and Certificate, and the National Defense Award.
He made the flight to win the prize of $25,000 offered by Raymond B. Orteig of New York City for the first nonstop transatlantic solo flight between New York City and Paris. In his single-engine monoplane named the Spirit of St. Louis, he left Roosevelt Field at 7:52 AM on May 20, 1927. After a flight of 33 hours 32 minutes, he landed at Le Bourget Airport near Paris. The Wright Brothers On December 17, 1903, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright made the world's first successful flights in a heavier-than-air aircraft. The brothers had designed, constructed, and flown the airplane.
Charles Lindbergh became the first person to cross the North Atlantic Ocean from New York to Paris. Charles Lindbergh was an airplane mechanic and a stunt pilot who flew to Paris. The plane he flew in was called the Spirit of St.Louis. This plane had one engine and it was paid for from the citizens of St.Louis that have given funds for Charles Lindbergh to be able to fly this plane. Another trip was when he departed from Roosevelt Field, New York, at 7:52 A.M. on May 20, 1927, and arrived at Le Bourget Field near Paris the day after at 10:21 P.M. Paris time (5:21 P.M. New York time).
During the course of his job, Lindbergh heard of the famed Orteig Prize. In 1919, Raymond Orteig, the owner of Brevoort and Lafayette hotels in New York City, made an offer to "flying buffs". Orteig offered a prize of $25,000 to the first aviator to fly nonstop from Paris to New York or New York to Paris. Before 1926, no one had even attempted the feat. But, as aviation technology developed, the challenge began appearing possible (Spirit of St. Louis, ONL).
Lindbergh’s passion for mechanics didn’t come as a surprise to many. As a young boy, Charles seemed to be very interested in the family’s motorized vehicles, such as the Saxon Six automobile and Excelsior motorbike. But after starting college in the fall of 1920 as a mechanical engineer, his love for aviation started to bloom. Deciding that the field of aviation was more exciting, he dropped out within 2 years. He then decided to take lessons at the Nebraska Aircraft Corporation’s flying school and was up in the air for the first time on April 9, 1922 when he was in a two seat biplane as a passenger.
With all of the excitement Howard filed to check his fuel levels on the H1 and had to crash land that plane. Flying the same H-1 fitted newly designed and longer wings; Hughes set a new transcontinental airspeed record by flying non-stop from Los Angeles to Newark in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds. This beating his own previous record of 9 hours, 27 minute with his average ground speed during the flight of 322 mph (518 km/h).The H-1 had a number of design innovations: it had retractable landing gear and all rivets and joints set flush into the body of the aircraft to reduce drag. The H-1 is thought to have influenced the design of a number of World War II fighters such as the Mitsubishi Zero, flown by the Japan. The H-1 was donated to the Smiths... ... middle of paper ... ...of 1976 he was en route from his house in Mexico to Houston, Texas when he passed away.
He found he was more interested in flying, so after two years of college, he dropped out and became a barnstormer, which was a pilot who performed daredevil stunts at fairs, and airshows. Lindbergh was a favorite among the crowds. People would travel from all different places, even Europe, to come see his daredevil tricks. In 1924 Lindbergh enlisted in the U.S. Army so he could be trained to be a pilot. During this time he was given the nickname “Lucky Lindy'; because he would attempt daredevil stunts with his airplane, and always seem to evade punishment from upper officers.
In 1919, Raymond Orteig, a New York City hotel owner, offered $25,000 to the first aviator who could fly nonstop from New York to Paris. Several pilots tried and failed. But on May 20, 1927,with The Spirit of St. Louis, Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in New York, and became the first pilot in the world to make a solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Lindbergh flew some 3600 miles in just over 33-hours and proudly collected his $25,000 reward in front of cheering fans in Paris. The press nicknamed Mr. Lindbergh "Lucky Lindy" and the "Lone Eagle" and he instantly became a hero.
One of his other famous achievements was in nineteen twenty-seven when he made an unprecedented nonstop solo flight from Washington D.C. to Mexico City. He is also famous for being a great pilot. The main reason that I picked Charles Lindbergh to do my biography on is because I was goofing around on the biography web site and I typed in my birthday and apparently Charles Lindbergh has the same birthday as me. Another reason that I picked Charles Lindbergh is because I like airplanes and since Charles Lindbergh was the most famous pilot of all time, I decided, ah what the heck.