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The Spirit of St. Louis

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Along with most of my fellow fliers, I believed that aviation had a brilliant future. Now we live, today, in our dreams of yesterday; and, living in ... Show synopsis

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Skywalker

A Man, A Machine, and A Dream

by Skywalker on May 20, 2010

This is the autobiographical story of a man, a machine, and a dream. It is also virtually the aviator's "bible" for flying enthusiasts. The Man: Charles A. Lindbergh, who had a passion for flying and a dream to complete a long-distance flight to win fame and fortune and to prove to the world that aviation had finally come of age. The Machine: the Ryan NYP, christened the Spirit of St. Louis, in tribute to the group of like-minded visionaries from the city of St. Louis, Missouri, who backed Lindbergh?s plan to the hilt. And the Dream: to fly non-stop from New York to Paris, despite the danger amply demonstrated by the numerous crashes among Lindbergh?s competitors for the prestigious Orteig prize, which resulted in the deaths of a half-dozen internationally-renowned fellow aviators; as well as the additional danger imposed by flying solo through the unpredictable weather over the North Atlantic. In later years Lindbergh never said, ?I flew from New York to Paris.? He was always heard to say, ?We flew?,? because over the course of that 33?hour flight during which he achieved success beyond his wildest dreams, he and his machine underwent a transformation from being an unknown airmail pilot flying a new and (relatively) untested aircraft, into becoming the most famous person on earth, flying the greatest airplane ever built, aptly named the ?Spirit of St. Louis.? This was made into a superb movie starring Jimmie Stewart, which avoided the usual Hollywood excess by confining itself pretty much to the book.

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