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Charles Lindbergh Shortly after Charles Lindbergh landed he was swarmedby 25 000 Parisians who carried the wearied pilot on their shoulders Theywere rejoicing that Charles Lindbergh the American aviator who flew thefirst transatlantic flight had just landed at Le Bourget field in FranceHaving just completed what some people called an impossible feat he wasinstantly a well-known international hero Despite his pro-German stanceduring World War II Charles Lindbergh is also an American hero A recordof his happiness and success exists in the material form of his plane hangingin the Smithsonian Institute however much of Lindberghs life was cloudedby turmoil The life of Charles Lindbergh though best remembered for hisheroic flight across the Atlantic was marred by the kidnapping of his babyand his fall from favor with the American public following his pro-Germanstance during the 1930sCharles Lindbergh the famous American aviator was born February 4 1902in Detroit Michigan As a boy he loved the outdoors and frequently huntedHe maintained a good relationship with his parents who trusted him and viewedhim as a very responsible child His father for whom young Charles chauffeuredas a child served in the US Congress from 1907 to 1917 Lindberghs loveof machinery was evident by the age of 14 He could take apart a automobileengine and repair it Attending the University of Wisconsin Lindbergh studiedengineering for two years Although he was an excellent student his realinterest was in flying As a result in 1922 he switched to aviation schoolPlanes became a center of his life after his first flight His early flyingcareer involved flying stunt planes at fair and air shows Later in 1925he piloted the U S Mail route from St Louis to Chicago On one occasionwhile flying this route his engine failed and he did a nosedive towards theground Recovering from the nosedive he straightened the plane successfullyand landed the plane unharmed This skill would later be invaluable whenhe was forced to skim ten feet above the waves during his famous
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