Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr.
(February 4, 1902 – August 26, 1974), known as "Lucky Lindy" and "The Lone Eagle", was a pioneering United States aviator
famous for piloting the first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean
in 1927, flying from Roosevelt Airfield
, Long Island
), New York
on May 20-May 21, 1927 in his single-engine aircraft The Spirit of St. Louis
He grew up in Little Falls, Minnesota. Early on he showed an interest in machinery, especially aircraft. After training as a pilot with the Army Air Service Lindbergh took a job as lead pilot of an airmail route in a DeHavilland DH-4 biplane. He was renowned for delivering the mail under any circumstances.
Lindbergh is recognized in aviation for demonstrating and charting polar air-routes, high altitude flying techniques, and increasing aircraft flying range by decreasing fuel consumption. These innovations are the basis of modern intercontinental air travel.