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Joe for Sue
Re: Oh, Did the Spirit of St. Louis Get There By Itself?
Mon May 22, 2017 07:01

It was an incredible accomplishment for any time, given Lindbergh's method of navigation.. dead reckoning, basically following the sun and stars while correcting routinely for the earth's rotation. The Spirit was basically a flying gas tank with a control system that demanded constant attention, which in turn helped to keep him alert. In an altered state of consciousness due to his lack of sleep and the hypnotic monontony of the waves, he claimed to have been guided by apparitions that joined him in the cockpit. Anne Morrow's blue blood friend from Smith College, Mina Curtiss, had her 15 minutes when she claimed Lindbergh would have ended up running a gas station on the outskirts of St. Louis if he hadn't flown the Atlantic. She was wrong. Lindbergh was preparing to fly the Pacific had the Orteig Prize been claimed before him, and given his sheer love of flying and his personal drive and determination towards the advancement of commercial aviation, he still would have made significant contributions.

  • Thank you, Charles Lindbergh, for your wonderful feat on May 21, 1927! I hope you have been reunited with your baby in Heaven!
    • Re: Oh, Did the Spirit of St. Louis Get There By Itself? — Joe for Sue, Mon May 22 07:01
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