Born February 4, 1902, in Detroit, Michigan, Charles Lindbergh grew up on a farm near Little Falls, Minnesota the son of a lawyer/U.S. Congressman. Charles showed exceptional mechanical ability, even as a child, and was encouraged to attend college and make the most of his talent. After graduating high school, Charles stayed on to work at the family farm for two years before enrolling in the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he would study Engineering. Full of a passion for airplanes and the newly expanding field of aviation, Charles Lindbergh left college after two years to attend the Lincoln Flight School in Nebraska. when graduated, Lindbergh would spend the next few years performing daredevil stunts and county fairs and carnivals.
Charles enlisted in the United States Army in 1924, to be trained as an Army Air Service Reserve pilot. Graduating the following year, Charles Lindbergh was named the best pilot in his class.
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.
With success and fans everywhere, twenty-five year old Lindbergh flew to various Latin-American countries in 1927, at the request of the U.S. government. While working in Mexico, Lindbergh met Anne Spencer Morrow, the daughter of the American Ambassador. They would marry in 1929, and travel the world together, charting new routes for various airlines that are still used by commercial jetliners today. Ms. Lindbergh herself would go on to become a famous poet and writer.
Much to world's surprise, twenty month old Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr. was kidnapped from his home nursery in New Jersey in 1932, making headlines across the country. Leaving only a ransom note demanding $50,000 in the window and a homemade ladder leaning against the Lindbergh home, it seemed someone had kidnapped the baby of the most famous man in the world and not left any evidence behind.