We

We

by Charles A. Lindbergh Jr.
     
 

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Charles Lindbergh will always be remembered for completing the first transatlantic flight, leaving New York City on May 20 and landing in Paris and in history on May 21, 1927. The crowd greeted him with such intensity that a speech was impossible, and when he stepped out of the cockpit and into the throngs, his feet did not touch the ground for half an hour.

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Charles Lindbergh will always be remembered for completing the first transatlantic flight, leaving New York City on May 20 and landing in Paris and in history on May 21, 1927. The crowd greeted him with such intensity that a speech was impossible, and when he stepped out of the cockpit and into the throngs, his feet did not touch the ground for half an hour.

Even without that historic flight, Lindbergh's story would thrill, affording us a firsthand glimpse into the colorful, risk-filled world of the professional pilot in the early days of flight.

In April 1923, Lindbergh purchased his first plane, a Jennie, for $500. He used this open-cockpit biplane to make his living in the West "barnstorming," flying from town to town, offering the locals a flight for five dollars. As entertainment, or to drum up business, he sometimes spiced up a visit by dropping a straw-filled dummy from the plane, parachuting into town, or even standing on the wing while his copilot flew. And the flights themselves were anything but dull. Besides the real possibility of crashing, hair-raising takeoffs were almost routine. Surviving a brush with some treetops in Meridian, Mississippi, Lindbergh writes with characteristic understatement, "I had passed through one of those almost-but-not-quite accidents for which Jennies are so famous and which so greatly retarded the growth of commercial flying."

Seventy-five years after the Spirit of St. Louis touched down in Paris, The Lyons Press republishes "We," Lindbergh's own account of his place in history. (5 1/2 x 8, 320 pages, b&w photos)

Charles A. Lindbergh, the son of a congressman from Minnesota, remained a huge figure on the American cultural scene long after his historic flight.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
May 21 marks the 75th anniversary of lucky Lindy's transatlantic flight. In this 1927 volume, Lindberg recorded the story of his life leading up the historic trip. Most of the text focuses on his outings as a pilot, the planes he owned, and the near misses he experienced. A breezy biography that's more for the YA crowd. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399108563
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
07/27/1927
Product dimensions:
20.00(w) x 20.00(h) x 20.00(d)

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