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A Man, a Plane, and an Ocean: Lindbergh flies New York to Paris
Photograph by Bettmann/Corbis

Seldom has the world displayed such torrents of mass emotion as the Lone Eagle [Charles Lindbergh] aroused by his 33 1/2-hour solo flight across the Atlantic in 1927. Overnight his Ryan monoplane (above) and his shy smile became known to millions.  He waved goodbye on leaving New York and received a hero's welcome at Croydon Airport, London, a week after the Paris landing.  His feat gave aviation an immeasurable stimulus.

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