First Transatlantic Plane Flight

By: Kyle Dolieslager

Big Deal

Charles A. Lindbergh completes the first transatlantic solo flight by airplane in 1927. Many people doubted that he would make it successfully to Paris, and when he made it he changed the public's opinion on the value of air travel and laid the foundation for the future development of aviation around the world.

Background Information

Born: February 4, 1902 in Detroit, Michigan.

Died: August 26, 1974 in Kapahulu, Hawaii.

Wife: Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

He was an aviator, military officer, author, inventor, explorer, and environmental activist.

Impact

His plane was named the Spirit of St. Louis. His courageous journey helped make Missouri a leader in the developing world of aviation. It helped more literature cross the ocean and come to America from different parts of the world, instead of just mailing it.