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Things we take for granted...

On this day in 1927 Charles Lindbergh took off from New York (carrying a kitten), aiming to fly to Paris in the City Of St Louis - the first solo transatlantic flight.

While not the first transatlantic flight, nor the first non-stop, Lindbergh did pioneer many of the features we take for granted in modern aircraft.

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whotheheckami
May. 20th, 2003 06:12 am (UTC)
I'd never heard about the kitten before - very Heinlein-esque - must have been Pixel!
the_magician
May. 20th, 2003 06:46 am (UTC)
So it wasn't a solo flight then? Or was the kitten in case he got peckish? <evil grin!>
gikiski
May. 20th, 2003 06:16 am (UTC)
Talk about a brave man! I freaked a little bit when I was driving through Montana, had been on the road some thirty miles or more, and realized that the few intersections I crossed were dirt roads and none had filling stations. That was dry land on an interstate. He was flying blind, by today's standards, over an endless expanse of water!
the_magician
May. 20th, 2003 06:55 am (UTC)
And it was worse than that ...
To carry enough fuel in a balanced position, he basically sat behind a big fuel tank and could only look out of the side windows of the plane (plus a small periscope which may or may not have worked!)

Watching the takeoff, it very nearly didn't leave the ground because it was so heavily loaded with fuel (it bounced several times before just clearing the trees at the end of the runway)

And then he had to fly for 33 hours (if I recall correctly) non-stop, no autopilot.

Of course, having proved that it was possible, it was only a few years later that he was designing flight routes for one of the early airlines, crossing the US and leading into international air travel in aeroplanes.
dmw
May. 20th, 2003 01:35 pm (UTC)
Shpirit of Shaint Louish, shurely?
sbisson
May. 21st, 2003 12:36 am (UTC)
Re:
[homer mode=on]
Doh!
[homer mode=off]
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