1927 : Charles Lindbergh, First Nonstop Solo Transatlantic Flight

May 20, 2022 all-day


Detroit native Charles Lindbergh became the first person to successfully complete a nonstop solo transatlantic flight when he landed the Spirit of St. Louis in Paris on May 21, 1927.

He left the Roosevelt Field airstrip on New York’s Long Island, 33.5 hours before. By the time he landed about 3,600 miles later (1,000 of it through snow and sleet), Lucky Lindy was a worldwide celebrity.

Tens of thousands of people greeted the 25-year-old when he touched down at the Le Bourget air field at 10:22 p.m.

Source : Zlati Meyer, “Lindbergh soars to aviation mark”, Today In Michigan History, Detroit Free Press, May 19, 2013.

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