May 20, 1927

Charles Lindbergh departs for Paris in the Spirit of Louis. The Spirit of St. Louis was not only the name of the plane, but also a nod to the wealthy families that helped finance the expedition and a reference to his goal of making St. Louis the central hub of the aviation industry.

Based upon content from the book Missouri 365: This Day in Missouri History by John W. Brown, broadcaster and Missouri historian. Get your copy at Reedy Press.