Charles Lindbergh Logbook


Charles Augustus Lindbergh (1902-1974) achieved international fame after completing the first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean on May 20-21, 1927. A Detroit native, Lindbergh took an interest in engineering and aviation from an early age, becoming a barnstormer at age twenty-three before enlisting in the Army Air Service. After completing his service, Lindbergh returned to civilian life in St. Louis as a mail pilot for the Robertson Aircraft Corporation. Around this time, Lindbergh learned of a $25,000 prize that had been offered by New York hotel owner Raymond Orteig to the first pilot to fly nonstop from New York to Paris. Lindbergh convinced nine St. Louis businessmen to finance the design of a specialized plane for the journey and named the new plane Spirit of St. Louis in their honor.

After his transatlantic success, Lindbergh used his fame to promote various causes. This journal page is from a three-month national flight tour he undertook on behalf of the Daniel Guggenheim Fund for the Promotion of Aeronautics. Of particular importance is the entry dated August 15, 1927, in which Lindbergh records landing in St. Louis, and the following entry for August 17, which shows him traveling to Kansas City by flying over Chamois and Jefferson City. Lindbergh’s historic trans-Atlantic flight and subsequent tours brought increased national attention to St. Louis and Missouri’s flourishing aviation industry. 

Object Details

Categories: Health, Science & Technology, People

Creator: Charles Augustus Lindbergh

Date: 1927

Subject: Lindbergh, Charles Augustus; Aeronautics; Transportation

Contributing Institution: Missouri Historical Society

Accession Number: D03842

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County: St. Louis

Region: St. Louis Metro

Type: Document

Language: English

Latitude: 38.614904

Longitude: -90.25763

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