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90 Years Ago Today: Charles Lindbergh landed in France in the “Spirit of St. Louis” completing the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight.
In this story from our blog archive, find out what excited souvenir seekers did next and how we've been caring for the airplane since 1928 - http://s.si.edu/2rERycy
Image Caption: See the "Spirit of St. Louis" hanging at our Museum in Washington, DC.
90 Years Ago Today: Charles Lindbergh departed in his Ryan NYP "Spirit of St. Louis" from Roosevelt Field, NY on his way to Paris to complete the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight.
Five years later, Amelia Earhart also departed on May 20 (from Newfoundland, Canada) to complete the second solo nonstop transatlantic flight in her red Lockheed Vega 5B.
Image Caption: Nearly a thousand people assembled at Roosevelt Field to see Lindbergh off on his historic flight.
Today in 1963: The last Mercury mission, Mercury-Atlas 9 (MA-9), was flown by L. Gordon Cooper in the "Faith 7" spacecraft. Cooper completed nearly 22 orbits in 34 hours, 19 minutes, 49 seconds, almost four times the length of Schirra's MA-8 mission. This helmet was used by Gordon Cooper during training sessions prior to his MA-9 mission: http://s.si.edu/2r96ulJ
Happy Mother's Day! Did you know that Susan Wright, mother of the Wright brothers, was quite mechanically inclined? She designed and built simple appliances for herself and made toys for her children. As boys, Wilbur and Orville Wright would consult their mother whenever they needed mechanical assistance or advice: http://s.si.edu/2rfkaZU
Charles Lindbergh's "Spirit of St. Louis" was installed in the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building this day in 1928. In this photo, then Secretary of the Smithsonian Charles G. Abbot (right) and the sergeant in charge of operations pose holding the aircraft's right side engine cowling. Where can you see the "Spirit of St. Louis" today? At our Museum in Washington, DC.
90 Years Ago Today: Charles Lindbergh set a new transcontinental speed record when he completed a flight from San Diego to New York in 21 hours, 40 minutes in the "Spirit of St. Louis" - http://s.si.edu/2pGbbi0
airandspace.si.edu Charles Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight made him a worldwide celebrity and promoted investment in American aviation.
The image of a “lost balloon” vanishing over the horizon became a metaphor for life’s uncertainties in the 19th century. Ballooning in the early 1800s was dangerous, with many of the best known aeronauts setting off across a large body of water never to be seen again.
Get lost in these images of lost balloons: http://s.si.edu/2q6i14i
airandspace.si.edu The dangers of ballooning were apparent to aeronauts and the general public. From the early 1800s, attempts to fly over water too often ended in disaster or a narrow escape. Some of the best known aeronauts on both sides of the Atlantic set off across a large body of water never to be seen again. Th...
50 Year Ago Today: pilot Bruce Peterson was injured in a crash of this lifting body, then a F2-M2. It was rebuilt as a M2-F3 and is now on display at our Museum in Washington, DC: http://s.si.edu/2r3Cjtq
Footage of the crash was included in the intro to a TV series. Can you name it?
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