21st May
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1927 and 1932 Double Transatlantic Solo Record Day, Male and Female

On 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.

Lindbergh won a $25,000 reward put up by hotelier Raymond Orteig, of France, for the first non-stop flight between New York and Paris.

Lindbergh 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.

On 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.

[The 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.]

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