Spirit of St. Louis

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Spirit of St. Louis

The Spirit of St. Louis

It was a single engine, single passenger plane that was built for long-range trips.

Video: This is the actual footage from the Spirit of St. Louis takeoff.

The Spirit of St. Louis was the airplane that was flown by Charles Lindbergh on the first solo, non-stop flight from New York to Paris. It flew from May 20th-21st, 1927.

Quote:"I owned the world that hour as I rode over it. Free of the earth, free of the mountains, free of the clouds, but how inseparably I was bound to them."---Charles Lindbergh

Newspaper clipping from May 22nd, 1927 after the Spirit of St. Louis and Charles Lindberg got back.

Importance:The Spirit of St. Louis was an important part of history because it was America's first breakthrough in aviation and even other technology. It even led to how we fly planes today because the plane was built to withstand the 33 1/2 hour flight across the ocean.

The flight lasted 33 1/2 hours and traveled a total distance of over 3,600 miles

It was designed by Donald A. Hall and Ryan Airlines. -Named the Spirit of St. Louis in honor of Lindbergh's supporters in St. Louis, Missouri. They also paid for the plane to be built.

Today:The original Spirit of St. Louis is now hanging at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.

Charles Lindbergh won the $25,000 Orteig Prize for making the journey.

By: Kayla Fingerson 1st Hour


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