1927 : Charles Lindbergh Visits Detroit (Aug. 10-12)

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On August 10, 1927 Charles Lindbergh landed at Ford Field in Dearborn in the Spirit of Saint Louis, the same plane he had used to fly across the Atlantic for the first time two months earlier. While there, in addition to making a speech about the need for more airports and the obligatory banquet, he was able to visit the home of his mother, Evangeline Lodge Land Lindbergh, a chemistry teacher at Cass Technical High School, as well as take a peak at his birthplace. Lindbergh’s host for the visit was Henry Ford.

On the next day he took Ford and his son Edsel for their first flight.

On August 12, he departed Detroit, flying over Flint, Saginaw, Lansing, and Ionia so local crowds could catch a peak of the famous plane on his way to Grand Rapids on a nationwide tour.

Source : The Early Days of Aviation in Grand Rapids / Gordon G. Beld. Charleston, S.C. : History Press, 2012.

Lindbergh comes to Detroit via YouTube. Col. Charles A. Lindbergh world hero of air, comes home and all Detroit fetes him. A tablet unveil at Lindy’s birthplace. He’s greeted by Henry Ford and Edsel Ford. 1927

Charles Lindbergh Detroit Parade via YouTube. Police guarding a flier from people that might grab him in the parade down Woodward Avenue. 1927

Charles Lindbergh Flies Home to Detroit via YouTube. Col. Charles A. Lindbergh arrives at the Ford Airport and all of Detroit greets him.

Charles Lindbergh Lands Spirit of St. Louis via YouTube. Lindbergh comes to Detroit to visit Henry Ford and lands at the Detroit Airport in the famed Spirit of Saint Louis. He lands August 10, 1927 as part of a nationwide tour.

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