American Minute with Bill Federer MAY 20 - Charles Lindbergh and The Spirit of Saint Louis
American Minute with Bill Federer
MAY 20 - Charles Lindbergh and The Spirit of Saint Louis
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MAY 20, 1927, at 7:52am, one
of the greatest feats in aviation began as 25-year-old Charles A.
Lindbergh left Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, in his silver
monoplane named "The Spirit of St. Louis."
Thirty-three and a half hours later he landed in Paris, completing the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
Lindbergh was decorated by the president of France, the King of England and President Calvin Coolidge.
son of a Congressman, Charles Lindbergh was a test pilot for a St.
Louis firm, performed feats of barnstorming and became an Air Service
Reserve cadet, flying mail routes to Chicago.
At the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences, February 1, 1954, Charles Lindbergh stated:
"It was not the outer granduer of the Roman but the inner simplicity of the Christian that lived through the ages."
On the Bicentennial of Air and Space Flight, February 7, 1983, President Ronald Reagan said:
"We Americans have always been at our best when we've faced challenge...
Whether...Daniel Boone or Charles Lindbergh...I've always believed that mankind is capable of greatness...But it depends on us.
God gave angels wings. He gave mankind dreams. And with His help, there's no limit to what can be accomplished."
President Jimmy Carter stated MAY 20, 1977:
"This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic transatlantic flight of Charles A. Lindbergh.
In his solo journey from New York to Paris on MAY 20, 1927, America's "Lone Eagle" inaugurated a new age of aviation...
Celebrated around the world, this momentous event established Lindbergh as one of our country's most heroic figures.
symbolized the continuing devotion of our people to the exploration of
new frontiers and demonstrated what can be accomplished when innovative
and promising technology is guided by a courageous and determined man.
Linking two continents, the 33 1/2-hour flight of the Spirit of St. Louis was a landmark in aviation history."
Phyllis Schlafly wrote in the book, The Power of the Positive Woman (NY: Arlington House Publishers, 1978):
"Some Positive Women have nevertheless succeeded at this seemingly impossible task.
those who come to mind is Anne Morrow Lindbergh, the wife of one of
America's 20th-century heroes, Charles Lindbergh, and mother of six
During the 1930s, Anne Lindbergh earned a reputation as a flier and adventurer in her own right.
She later became an extremely successful author."
President Gerald Ford remarked at the Fort McHenry National Monument in Baltimore, July 4, 1975:
need to remind ourselves that America is really 'the land of the free
and the home of the brave.' And we should be proud of it...
The pioneer spirit...The Wright brothers mastered powered flight at Kitty Hawk. The age of flight was born.
the first Atlantic crossing by the 'Lone Eagle,' Charles Lindbergh, to
the American astronauts who announced that the Eagle had landed, when
touchdown on the Moon, America's leadership was again established...
modern world places a premium on creativity and
individuality...Individualism is a safeguard against the sameness of
government too large and bureaucratic can stifle individual initiative
by a frustrating statism. In America--and never forget it--our sovereign
is the citizen...
There is a quotation that I learned in my
early days in Sunday school, that the beauty of Joseph's coat is its
many colors. And that is the strength of America...We are not Americans
alone by birth or blood, by oath or creed...
We are Americans
because we deliberately chose to be one nation, indivisible, and for 199
years, with God's help, we have gone forward together, and we will in