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Like Pitcairn Register pilot Jimmy Doolittle, few people alive in the 20th century have never heard of Charles Lindbergh. In case you haven't, he was the first aviator to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo. Lindbergh's trans-Atlantic flight took off from Roosevelt Field, Long Island, in May, 1927. It terminated in Paris, France some 33 hours later. Things changed.
The boost to aviation in the United States, and around the world, that Lindbergh's trans-Atlantic flight gave was immense. Riding on the wave of his record flight, he entered into an aerial tour of the United States that took him to landings in each of the lower 48 states. During the three-month tour, he visited 92 cities, gave 147 speeches, and rode 1,290 miles in parades.
We find him at Willow Grove near the end of his tour, on October 22, 1927. He was flying the "Spirit of St. Louis," NX-211. In fact, neither his aircraft number nor arrival date are cited in the Register, but they are commonly known from documentation.
We are fortunate to have Lindbergh signed into not only the Pitcairn Register, but also the Davis-Monthan Register. He landed at Tucson about a month earlier on Friday, September 23, 1927. He flew the same airplane, was accompanied by the same entourage, during the same nationwide tour.
Charles Lindbergh's full biography is online at the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register Web site at the link. Please direct your browser there to learn some things that you won't find in the text books, such as what Lindbergh's speech was at each stop in the tour, photographs unique to Delta Mike Airfield, Inc. Web sites, and a link to movie footage of Lindbergh, the "Spirit," and his entourage on the ground in Tucson, AZ.
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