this day in 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh lands at Le Bourget Field in Paris, becoming
the first person ever to fly solo non-stop across the Atlantic. He flew from New
York to Paris. The flight, which began at Roosevelt Field in New York, took 33
and a half hours to cover the 3,600-miles.
won a $25,000 reward put up by hotelier Raymond Orteig, of France, for the first
non-stop flight between New York and Paris.
became an instant international hero and President Calvin Coolidge sent a warship
to pick him up so that he could return to New York for a tickertape parade and
a Congressional Medal of Honor.
this same day, in 1932, Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo the
near 2000 miles from Newfoundland to Ireland. She accomplished her feat in 15
hours. She was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross by the U.S. Congress.
first ever non-stop transatlantic flight was achieved by two British fliers in
1919. John W. Alcock and Arthur W. Brown flew between Newfoundland to Ireland,
a distance of 1,960 miles.]