May 20, 1927

On this date in history, Charles Lindbergh departs for Paris in the Spirit of Louis.


Charles Lindbergh Spirit of St. Louis

April 29, 1927

The Spirit of St. Louis is completed, and Charles Lindbergh takes it for a test flight. Although this flight happened in San Diego, there was significant attention paid to this flight in Missouri. The revolutionary monoplane that was destined to make the first transatlantic flight had been paid for mostly by families from St. Louis.


Charles Lindbergh Spirit of St. Louis

December 27, 1926

Charles Lindbergh was turned down by his boss, William B. Robertson, for help in financing his solo Trans-Atlantic flight. He already had $1,000 from Albert Bond Lambert. The Post-Dispatch also turned Lindy down, but business leaders Harry Hall Knight and Harold Bixby would say yes.


November 3, 1926

This date in Missouri history: Airmail pilot Charles "Lucky Lindy" Lindbergh survived his fourth parachute jump. His plane ran out of fuel over Bloomington, Illinois. 


August 17, 1927

Having arrived in town in the Spirit of St. Louis, Charles Lindbergh dedicated the new Municipal Airport in Kansas City. A crowd of 25,000 was on hand. 


May 31, 1927

King George awarded Charles Lindbergh England's Distinguished Flying Cross on this day. This and many other Lindbergh items are on display for free at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park.


Charles Lindbergh

April 14, 1926

Charles Lindbergh flew the first air mail run between St. Louis and Chicago. His employer, Robertson Aircraft Company of St. Louis would grow into American Airlines. Lindbergh crashed twice on this St. Louis to Chicago run and fellow pilots began calling him "Lucky Lindy."


March 21, 1928

President Coolidge presented Charles Lindbergh with the Congressional Medal of Honor.


Charles Lindbergh Air Mail Spirit of St. Louis

December 10, 1929

Direct air mail service began between St. Louis and New York.


Charles Lindbergh Spirit of St. Louis

September 30, 1926

With engine failure in his mail plane, Lucky Lindy (Charles Lindbergh) glided in for a safe landing in a farm field.  Two weeks earlier his plane ran out of gas near Chicago and he was forced to bail out.