First solo transatlantic flight, 1927

First solo transatlantic flight, 1927

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Credit: DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: First solo transatlantic flight. Computer artwork of the airplane Spirit of St Louis near the coast of Ireland, flown by Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974) on the first solo transatlantic flight. Lindbergh took off from Long Island, New York, USA, at 07:51 in the morning on 20 May 1927. He flew all that day, through the night and on through a second day of flying, reaching the coast of Ireland late that afternoon. Night had fallen when he finally landed in Paris, France, after a total of 33.5 hours in the air. The airplane's wingspan was 14 metres. A single nosecap propeller was powered by a Wright radial motor. The cockpit, below the wing, did not have a forward window, and a periscope was used to see what was in front of the airplane.

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