Charles Lindbergh

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Charles Augustus Lindbergh was born February 4, 1902.He was an American aviator, author, inventor, explorer, and social activist. Lindbergh, then a 25-year old U.S. Air Mail pilot, emerged from virtual shadows to almost instantaneous world fame as the result of his Orteig Prize-winning solo non-stop flight on May 20–21, 1927, from Roosevelt Field located in Garden City on New York's Long Island to Le Bourget Field in Paris, France, a distance of nearly 3,600 statute miles, in the single-seat, single-engine monoplane Spirit of St. Louis

Lindbergh, a U.S. Army reserve officer, was also awarded the nation's chief military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his historic exploit. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, Lindbergh relentlessly used his fame to help help the rapid development of U.S. commercial aviation. In March 1932, however, his infant son, Charles, Jr., was kidnapped and murder in what was soon dubbed the "Crime of the Century" which finally led to the Lindbergh family fleeing the United States in December 1935 to live in Europe where they remained up until the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by the regal Japanese Navy.

Before the United States declared World War II on December 8, 1941, Lindbergh had been an open advocate of keeping the U.S. out of the world conflict, as was his Congressman father, Charles August Lindbergh (R-MN), during World War I, and became a head of the anti-war America First movement. Nonetheless, he supported the war effort after Pearl Harbor and flew many combat missions in the Pacific Theater of World War II as a civilian consultant, even though President Franklin D. Roosevelt had refused to restore his Army Air Corps colonel's commission that he had resigned earlier in 1939. He was dead on August 26, 1974.


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