1927: Charles Lindbergh Receives A Nation's Welcome

The June 20, 1927 cover of Aviation, as the magazine was then named, featured U.S. President Calvin Coolidge bestowing the Distinguished Flying Cross on Col. Charles Lindbergh for his historic nonstop flight from New York to Paris. 

“In a world grown weary of strife and bickering and corruption [Lindbergh] stood out as the epitome of magnificent youth,” the magazine gushed.

Accompanying articles detailed how Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St. Louis” was designed, built and delivered in just 60 days by the Ryan Airlines company of San Diego and provided a detailed analysis of the Wright “Whirlwind” J5C air-cooled radial engine that powered the aircraft.

Today, the Spirit of St. Louis is housed in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington.

Read our complete June 20, 1927 issue at: archive.aviationweek.com

 

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