sábado, fevereiro 04, 2017
Charles Augustus Lindbergh (Detroit, February 4, 1902 – Kipahulu, Maui, Hawaii, August 26, 1974), nicknamed Slim, Lucky Lindy, and The Lone Eagle, was an American aviator, military officer, author, inventor, explorer, and environmental activist. In 1927, at age 25, he went from obscurity as a U.S. Air Mail pilot to instantaneous world fame by making his Orteig Prize–winning nonstop flight from Long Island, New York, to Paris. He made the 33 1⁄2-hour, 3,600 statute miles (5,800 km) alone in a single-engine purpose-built Ryan monoplane, Spirit of St. Louis. He was the 19th person to make a Transatlantic flight, but Lindbergh's flight covered a far longer distance. An officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps Reserve, he received the United States' highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for the feat.