May 20, 2009

Lindbergh's Leap of Faith: May 20–21, 1927

Flight Level 390 reminds us of a great achievement's anniversary today with The Spirit

Eighty-two years ago... Think about that for a second. Eighty-two years!

This beautiful aircraft carried a young air mail pilot into the clouds of Olympus. That young air mail pilot has been gone for 35 years, but the Spirit is still with us. Is not that the way of life? Our stuff stays long after we are gone.

Yep, in my view, the most important aviation artifact ever. I have stood underneath the Spirit numerous times and am always astonished by the essence of glory that still radiates from the airframe. It is simply amazing.

[Note: Captain Dave graciously honors me by reproducing my own thoughts on Lindbergh republished below.]

Posted by Vanderleun at May 20, 2009 3:55 PM
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I remembered. I knew today was the anniversary.

Posted by: rickl at May 20, 2009 5:24 PM

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I had a neighbor---Everett Crawford---who was a young car mechanic at a Ford dealership in Kansas, when he repaired a grounded airmail plane for a young pilot named Charles Lindbergh. It was against the rules, but Lindbergh gave Crawford a ride in the plane. Crawford was so impressed that he eventually he became a pilot too.

Crawford was in his early 80s and still flying his own airplane when I met him, and he was quite the character. Not many people got their first airplane ride with Charles Lindberg.

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