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Pages From Our Past: Charles Lindbergh lands in France (1927)

As the Elkhart Truth celebrates its 125th anniversary, we look back at this front page from May 21, 1927.

Posted on May 4, 2014 at 12:15 a.m.

May 21, 1927: Charles Lindbergh lands in France

This special edition of the Truth proclaimed Charles Lindbergh’s successful flight from New York to Paris, the first ever nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. The report out of France said that his plane, the Spirit of St. Louis, landed at 10:21 p.m. Paris time, two hours ahead of schedule.

A crowd of 25,000 people was gathered at the landing field waiting for his arrival, and as soon as the plane stopped moving they rushed forward and lifted Lindbergh up on their shoulders, cheering for nearly 20 minutes, the article notes. Back in the States, a crowd of nearly a thousand gathered outside his mother’s home in Detroit to congratulate her.

The flight was 33 and a half hours long in all and covered 3,600 miles. Today, it takes about eight hours to make the same trip. Think about that the next time you’re stuck on the runway for an extra 20 minutes. Even more incredibly, Lindbergh did it without a drop of coffee — all he took with him was five sandwiches and about four quarts of water. “Like a boy bound for a day’s picnic,” one story quips.

Friends of Lindbergh were interviewed about his clean lifestyle. “The young captain doesn’t smoke, drink or chew. He doesn’t like to stay up late at night and doesn’t have much use for girls or dancing,” the article reads. One friend summed up his character thus: “He is no talker and likes to do something daring and let the act speak for itself.” We think it’s safe to say this particular act spoke loudly enough to go down in history.




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