Happy Birthday Charles Lindbergh!
February 4, 2005 8:34 AM Subscribe
Today is Charles Augustus Lindbergh's (1902 - 1974) birthday.
A pioneering American aviator, who was dubbed the Lone Eagle
. In May 1927 he became the first person to fly nonstop and solo from New York
, making the trip in 33½ hours in his specially built monoplane, the Spirit of St. Louis
. During the flight he battled extreme drowsiness
, a malfunctioning compass
, and wing
icing. He was well aware that six others had died trying to accomplish this feat. After receiving a tumultuous hero's welcome in Paris, Lindbergh visited several countries on his way home, the last being England
. He stopped at Buckingham Palace
at the invitation of George V
. As they conversed, the king posed numerous questions about the long flight, including one he felt could be asked only in private: "Sir, how did you pee?"
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