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?"
posted by indiebass
on Feb 4, 2005 -
According to this news story (from Reuters), famed aviator Charles "Lucky" Lindbergh got lucky in Germany in the 1950s--fathering three children with a woman he met there and keeping this double life a complete secret from his other, American, family. If true, this would certainly require a reassessment of Lindbergh's personal life.
posted by Man-Thing
on Aug 2, 2003 -