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After Black Thursday which was one of the major causes of The Great Depression the nation needed heroes or someone to simply lift the peoples spirits and thats exactly what Charles Lindbergh did The Spirit of the St Louis caught the world by surprise and Charles became one of Americas first celebrities Every aspect of his life was written in newspapers and magazines or broadcast over the radio this is why it is so easy for me to tell you that Charles Lindbergh is a true hero Charles Augustus Lindbergh was born on February 4th 1902 in Detroit He grew up on a farm near Little Falls Minn When Charles was only a child he showed exceptional mechanical ability At age 18 he entered the University of Wisconsin to study engineering but he became more interested in the aviation field than school so after only two years he dropped out of school to become a barnstormer a pilot who performed daredevil stunts at fairs Lindbergh enlisted in the United States army in 1924 so that he could be trained as an Army Air Service Reserve Pilot He graduated the best pilot in his class from the armys flight training school in 1925 He soon was working for the Robertson Aircraft Corporation of St Louis flying mail between St Louis and Chicago By 1927 Lindbergh felt very confident in his flying skills and he thought he could win the Orteig prize The Orteig prize was a prize of 2500 awarded to the first person to fly non-stop from New York to Paris Several pilots who attempted were killed or injured Alls Lindbergh though he needed was the right airplane He persuaded nine St Louis businessmen to help him pay for the cost of a plane He chose Ryan Aeronautical Company of San Diego to build a plane in which Lindbergh himself helped to design He names the plane The Spirit of St Louis This monoplane was
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