On 20th May 1927 the American aviator Charles Augustus Lindbergh made the first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
Other pilots had crossed the Atlantic before him but Charles Lindbergh was the first person to do it alone nonstop. His astonishing feat gained him immediate international fame. The press named him Lucky Lindy and the Lone Eagle. Americans and Europeans idolized this shy, slim young man and showered him with honors!
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The Spirit of St. Louis (Registration: N-X-211) is the custom-built, single engine, single-seat monoplane that was flown solo by Charles Lindbergh on 20-21 May 1927 on the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris for which he won the $25,000 Orteig Prize.