86 Facts About Charles Lindbergh


Charles Lindbergh became an officer in the U S Army Air Corps Reserve in 1924, earning the rank of second lieutenant in 1925.

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Charles Lindbergh received the United States' highest military decoration from President Calvin Coolidge, the Medal of Honor, as well as the Distinguished Flying Cross for his transatlantic flight.

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Charles Lindbergh's achievement spurred significant global interest in both commercial aviation and air mail, which revolutionized the aviation industry worldwide, and he devoted much time and effort to promoting such activity.

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Charles Lindbergh supported the isolationist America First Committee and resigned his commission in the U S Army Air Forces in April 1941 after President Franklin Roosevelt publicly rebuked him for his views.

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In September 1941, Charles Lindbergh gave a significant address, titled "Speech on Neutrality", outlining his position and arguments against greater American involvement in the war.

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Charles Lindbergh had three elder paternal half-sisters: Lillian, Edith, and Eva.

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Charles Lindbergh's mother was a chemistry teacher at Cass Technical High School in Detroit and later at Little Falls High School, from which her son graduated on, 1918.

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From an early age, Charles Lindbergh had exhibited an interest in the mechanics of motorized transportation, including his family's Saxon Six automobile, and later his Excelsior motorbike.

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Charles Lindbergh briefly worked as an airplane mechanic at the Billings, Montana, municipal airport.

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Charles Lindbergh left flying with the onset of winter and returned to his father's home in Minnesota.

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Charles Lindbergh went on to spend much of the remainder of 1923 engaged in almost nonstop barnstorming under the name of "Daredevil Lindbergh".

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Charles Lindbergh broke his propeller several times while landing, and on, 1923 he was grounded for a week when he ran into a ditch in Glencoe, Minnesota, while flying his father—then running for the U S Senate—to a campaign stop.

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Charles Lindbergh "cracked up" this aircraft once when his engine failed shortly after takeoff in Pensacola, Florida, but again he managed to repair the damage himself.

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Only 18 of the 104 cadets who started flight training a year earlier remained when Charles Lindbergh graduated first overall in his class in March 1925, thereby earning his Army pilot's wings and a commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Service Reserve Corps.

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Charles Lindbergh later said that this year was critical to his development as both a focused, goal-oriented individual and as an aviator.

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The Army did not need additional active-duty pilots so immediately following graduation, Charles Lindbergh returned to civilian aviation as a barnstormer and flight instructor, although as a reserve officer he continued to do some part-time military flying by joining the 110th Observation Squadron, 35th Division, Missouri National Guard, in St Louis.

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Just before signing on to fly with CAM, Lindbergh had applied to serve as a pilot on Richard E Byrd's North Pole expedition, but apparently his bid came too late.

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On, 1926, Charles Lindbergh executed the United States Post Office Department's Oath of Mail Messengers, and two days later he opened service on the new route.

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Charles Lindbergh went first to St Louis, then on to Roosevelt Field on New York's Long Island.

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Charles Lindbergh's monoplane was loaded with 450 U S gallons of fuel that was strained repeatedly to avoid fuel line blockage.

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Charles Lindbergh's monoplane was powered by a J-5C Wright Whirlwind radial engine and gained speed very slowly during its 7:52a.

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Charles Lindbergh was fortunate that the winds over the Atlantic cancelled each other out, giving him zero wind drift—and thus accurate navigation during the long flight over featureless ocean.

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Charles Lindbergh's flight was certified by the National Aeronautic Association of the United States based on the readings from a sealed barograph placed in the Spirit.

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Charles Lindbergh made a series of brief flights to Belgium and Great Britain in the Spirit before returning to the United States.

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Charles Lindbergh received the first award of this medal, but it violated the authorizing regulation.

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Charles Lindbergh was honored as the first Time magazine Man of the Year when he appeared on that magazine's cover at age 25 on, 1928; he remained the youngest Time Person of the Year until Greta Thunberg surpassed his record in 2019.

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Charles Lindbergh then toured 16 Latin American countries between, 1927, and, 1928.

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Two weeks after his Latin American tour, Charles Lindbergh piloted a series of special flights over his old CAM-2 route on and.

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Tens of thousands of self-addressed souvenir covers were sent in from all over the world, so at each stop Charles Lindbergh switched to another of the three planes he and his fellow CAM-2 pilots had used, so it could be said that each cover had been flown by him.

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Charles Lindbergh wrote that the ideal romance was stable and long-term, with a woman with keen intellect, good health, and strong genes, his "experience in breeding animals on our farm [having taught him] the importance of good heredity".

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Charles Lindbergh taught Anne how to fly and she accompanied and assisted him in much of his exploring and charting of air routes.

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Charles Lindbergh kept track of each child's infractions and insisted that Anne track every penny of household expenses in account books.

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Charles Lindbergh was convicted on, sentenced to death, and electrocuted at Trenton State Prison on, 1936.

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An intensely private man, Charles Lindbergh became exasperated by the unrelenting public attention in the wake of the kidnapping and Hauptmann trial, and was concerned for the safety of his three-year-old second son, Jon.

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Arnold, the chief of the United States Army Air Corps in which Charles Lindbergh was a reserve colonel, for him to accept a temporary return to active duty to help evaluate the Air Corps's readiness for war.

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Charles Lindbergh's duties included evaluating new aircraft types in development, recruitment procedures, and finding a site for a new air force research institute and other potential air bases.

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Charles Lindbergh wrote to the Longines watch company and described a watch that would make navigation easier for pilots.

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In 1929, Lindbergh became interested in the work of rocket pioneer Robert H Goddard.

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Charles Lindbergh began to wonder why hearts could not be repaired with surgery.

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In later years, Charles Lindbergh's pump was further developed by others, eventually leading to the construction of the first heart-lung machine.

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At the request of the United States military, Charles Lindbergh traveled to Germany several times between 1936 and 1938 to evaluate German aviation.

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Charles Lindbergh said of the Bf 109 that he knew of "no other pursuit plane which combines simplicity of construction with such excellent performance characteristics".

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Charles Lindbergh's acceptance proved controversial after Kristallnacht, an anti-Jewish pogrom in Germany a few weeks later.

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In 1938, the U S Air Attache in Berlin invited Lindbergh to inspect the rising power of Nazi Germany's Air Force.

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At the urging of U S Ambassador Joseph Kennedy, Lindbergh wrote a secret memo to the British warning that a military response by Britain and France to Hitler's violation of the Munich Agreement would be disastrous; he claimed that France was militarily weak and Britain over-reliant on its navy.

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Charles Lindbergh urgently recommended that they strengthen their air power to force Hitler to redirect his aggression against "Asiatic Communism".

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In October 1939, following the outbreak of hostilities between Britain and Germany, and a month after the Canadian declaration of war on Germany, Charles Lindbergh made another nationwide radio address criticizing Canada for drawing the Western Hemisphere "into a European war simply because they prefer the Crown of England" to the independence of the Americas.

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Charles Lindbergh went on to further state his opinion that the entire continent and its surrounding islands needed to be free from the "dictates of European powers".

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In November 1939, Charles Lindbergh authored a controversial Reader's Digest article in which he deplored the war, but asserted the need for a German assault on the Soviet Union.

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In late 1940, Charles Lindbergh became the spokesman of the isolationist America First Committee, soon speaking to overflow crowds at Madison Square Garden and Chicago's Soldier Field, with millions listening by radio.

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Charles Lindbergh argued emphatically that America had no business attacking Germany.

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Charles Lindbergh justified this stance in writings that were only published posthumously:.

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Charles Lindbergh's message was popular throughout many Northern communities and especially well received in the Midwest, while the American South was anglophilic and supported a pro-British foreign policy.

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Charles Lindbergh had provisionally found a house in Wannsee, but after Nazi friends discouraged him from leasing it because it had been formerly owned by Jews, it was recommended that he contact Albert Speer, who said he would build the Lindberghs a house anywhere they wanted.

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Charles Lindbergh's anticommunism resonated deeply with many Americans, while his eugenics and Nordicism enjoyed social acceptance.

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Charles Lindbergh seemed to state that he believed the survival of the white race was more important than the survival of democracy in Europe: "Our bond with Europe is one of race and not of political ideology", he declared.

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Charles Lindbergh developed a long-term friendship with the automobile pioneer Henry Ford, who was well known for his antisemitic newspaper The Dearborn Independent.

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Charles Lindbergh stated that if he had to choose, he would rather see America allied with Nazi Germany than Soviet Russia.

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Charles Lindbergh preferred Nordics, but he believed, after Soviet Communism was defeated, Russia would be a valuable ally against potential aggression from East Asia.

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Charles Lindbergh elucidated his beliefs regarding the white race in a 1939 article in Reader's Digest:.

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Charles Lindbergh believed, "in America they can be blended to form the greatest genius of all".

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Wallace considered Charles Lindbergh to be a well-intentioned but bigoted and misguided Nazi sympathizer whose career as the leader of the isolationist movement had a destructive impact on Jewish people.

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Lindbergh's Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, A Scott Berg, contended that Lindbergh was not so much a supporter of the Nazi regime as someone so stubborn in his convictions and relatively inexperienced in political maneuvering that he easily allowed rivals to portray him as one.

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Charles Lindbergh returned to the United States in early 1939 to spread his message of nonintervention.

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Berg contended Charles Lindbergh's views were commonplace in the United States in the interwar era.

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In January 1942, Lindbergh met with Secretary of War, Henry L Stimson, seeking to be recommissioned in the Army Air Forces.

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In 1944 Charles Lindbergh persuaded United Aircraft to send him as a technical representative to the Pacific Theater to study aircraft performance under combat conditions.

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Charles Lindbergh demonstrated how United States Marine Corps Aviation pilots could take off safely with a bomb load double the Vought F4U Corsair fighter-bomber's rated capacity.

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On, 1944, Charles Lindbergh flew his first combat mission: a strafing run with VMF-222 near the Japanese garrison of Rabaul.

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Charles Lindbergh flew with VMF-216, from the Marine Air Base at Torokina, Bougainville.

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Charles Lindbergh introduced engine-leaning techniques to P-38 pilots, greatly improving fuel consumption at cruise speeds, enabling the long-range fighter aircraft to fly longer-range missions.

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On, 1944, during a P-38 bomber escort mission with the 433rd Fighter Squadron in the Ceram area, Charles Lindbergh shot down a Mitsubishi Ki-51 "Sonia" observation plane, piloted by Captain Saburo Shimada, commanding officer of the 73rd Independent Chutai.

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In mid-October 1944, Charles Lindbergh participated in a joint Army-Navy conference on fighter planes at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland.

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Charles Lindbergh witnessed firsthand the defeat of Germany and the Holocaust, and Berg reported, "he knew the American public no longer gave a hoot about his opinions".

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Charles Lindbergh later wrote the foreword to Apollo astronaut Michael Collins's autobiography.

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Charles Lindbergh had two children with her sister Mariette, a painter, living in Grimisuat.

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Charles Lindbergh had a son and daughter was born on in 1959 and 1961 and with Valeska, an East Prussian aristocrat who was his private secretary in Europe and lived in Baden-Baden.

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Ten days before he died, Charles Lindbergh wrote to each of his European mistresses, imploring them to maintain the utmost secrecy about his illicit activities with them even after his death.

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In later life Charles Lindbergh was heavily involved in conservation movements, and was deeply concerned about the negative impacts of new technologies on the natural world and native peoples, in particular on Hawaii.

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Charles Lindbergh campaigned to protect endangered species such as the humpback whale, blue whale, Philippine eagle, the tamaraw, and was instrumental in establishing protections for the Tasaday people, and various African tribes such as the Maasai.

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Alongside Laurance S Rockefeller, Lindbergh helped establish the Haleakala National Park in Hawaii.

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Charles Lindbergh spent his last years on the Hawaiian island of Maui, where he died of lymphoma on, 1974, at age 72.

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Charles Lindbergh was buried on the grounds of the Palapala Ho'omau Church in Kipahulu, Maui.

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Charles Lindbergh received many awards, medals and decorations, most of which were later donated to the Missouri Historical Society and are on display at the Jefferson Memorial, now part of the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park in St Louis, Missouri.

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The novel draws heavily on Charles Lindbergh's comments concerning Jews as a catalyst for its plot.

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The Jo Walton novel Farthing explores an alternate history where the United Kingdom made peace with Nazi Germany in 1941, Japan never attacked Pearl Harbor, thus the United States never got involved with the war, and Charles Lindbergh is president and is seeking closer economic ties with the Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere.

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