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The life of an aviator seemed to me ideal It involved skill It brought adventure It made use of the latest developments of science Mechanical engineers were fettered to factories and drafting boards while pilots have the freedom of wind with the expanse of sky There were times in an airplane when it seemed I had escaped mortality to look down on earth like a God - Charles A Lindbergh 1927 Charles Lindbergh was an American aviator who made the first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean on May 20-21 1927 Other pilots had crossed the Atlantic before him But Lindbergh was the first person to do it alone nonstop Charles Lindbergh was born on Feb 4 1902 in Detroit He grew up on a farm near Minnesota He was the son of Charles Augustus Lindbergh Sr a lawyer and his wife Evangeline Lodge Land Lindberghs father served as a US congressman from Minnesota from 1907 to 1917 n childhood Lindbergh showed exceptional mechanical ability At the age of 18 years he entered the University of Wisconsin to study engineering However Lindbergh was more interested in the exciting young field of aviation than he was in school After two years he left school to become a barnstormer a pilot who performed daredevil stunts at fairs Fascinated with aviation he earned his pilots license and in 1923 bought a Jenny to take up barnstorming In 1924 Lindbergh entered a US Army flying school at San Antonio Texas He graduated first in his class the following year then became the first air mail pilot between Chicago Illinois and St Louis Missouri He became the first three-time member of the Caterpillar Club that exclusive fraternity of people who had saved their lives with parachutes In 1925 he began flying mail between St Louis and Chicago While making the mail runs he decided to attempt the premier aviation challenge of his day New York hotel owner Raymond Orteig
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