Charles Lindbergh set a speed record on the first leg of his historic flight. After a day’s rest he flew to New York and set another record.  

Lindbergh was delayed several days by bad weather, but on the morning of May 20 took off from Roosevelt Field on Long Island. Shortly before nightfall, he passed over St. John’s, Newfoundland, on the way to the open sea. 

After flying some 3,600 miles in 33.5 hours, Lindbergh landed at Le Bourget field near Paris the night of May 21.

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.

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