Charles Lindbergh Spirit of St. Louis

January 13, 1927

Charles Lindbergh made the first flight using a new system of 24 beacons spaced ten miles apart thus guiding aviators along the St. Louis-to-Chicago Airway at night.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.