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During the 1920s one of the most exciting events that occurred was the solo flight made by Charles A Lindbergh across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927 He flew from New York to Paris and became very famous for this outstanding achievement He was born in Detroit Michigan on February 4 1902 and grew up on a family farm in Rapid Falls Minnesota ThinkQuest He was named after his father Charles Augustus Lindbergh Sr who was a lawyer and a congressman for the state of Minnesota His mothers name was Evangeling Land Lodge and he was the only child that she had When Lindbergh was eighteen he attended the University of Wisconsin where he studied mechanical engineering During this time period he became very interested in the field of aviation He wanted to become a fighter pilot so he decided to join the United States Army in 1924 He accomplished his goal by graduating as the top pilot in his class He was able to purchase his own airplane and used it to deliver mail from St Louis to Chicago during the next six years ThinkQuest In his spare time he performed as a stunt pilot during fairs People perceived him as not being a very safe pilot Two Legends of Aviation In 1919 a New York City hotel owner named Raymond Orteig agreed to award twenty-five thousand dollars to the first man who could fly across the Atlantic Ocean non-stop It was called the Orteig Prize Many people took interest in his competition which resulted in several of them becoming injured or worse yet dying by trying to win the prize By 1926 Lindbergh took interest in the possibility of him being able to win the Orteig Prize ThinkQuest A year later he was able to get the support of nine businessmen to sponsor him If he could use just the right plane he may have a chance at winning the prize The plane
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