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Lindbergh's plane, Spirit of St. Louis, & flight route
Date Issued: 1927-06-18
Postage Value: 10 cents

Commemorative issue
Charles Lindbergh's trans-Atlantic flight
Lindbergh's plane, Spirit of St. Louis, & flight route

Charles Lindbergh learned to pilot a plane at the age of 20. In 1926 he was
flying a mail route between Chicago and St. Louis.

A $25,000 prize offered for the first solo Atlantic flight caught his
attention. With the help of a St. Louis businessman, he set out to win the
prize in a specially built plane, the Spirit of St. Louis.

Leaving Roosevelt Field, Long Island, NY, at 7:52 a.m., May 22, 1927, he
arrived at Le Bourget airport, Paris at 10:22 p.m. local time the following
day.

Lindbergh spent must of the remainder of his life as a consultant to the
aircraft and airline industries.

By 1940 he had become politically controversial, taking a strong public stand
in favor of isolationism and warning of the superiority of the German air
force. Once the United States entered the war, Lindbergh served as a civilian
consultant and flew 50 missions against the Japanese.
 

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