May 22, 2013

President Coolidge's speech commemorating Lindbergh's solo flight across the Atlantic

On June 11, 1927, President Calvin Coolidge awarded Charles Lindbergh the first Distinguished Flying Cross Medal for his transatlantic flight. Before his flight on May, 20, 1927, six pilots had died trying to cross the Atlantic to win the $25,000 Orteig Prize.  He left New York in the Spirit of St. Louis and the 3,600 mile flight lasted 33 hours and 30 minutes.  When he arrived in Paris, he became the first pilot to fly solo nonstop from New York to Paris. You can listen to the president and Lindbergh speak below.

Further reading
Lindbergh Flies the Atlantic, 1927
May 21, 1927 | Charles Lindbergh Flies Solo Across the Atlantic

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