Captain Lindbergh Research Paper

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The First Transatlantic Flight The majority of people in their mid twenties today are either still in college, in graduate school, starting a job, or starting a family. None of these things were the case for twenty five year old Captain Charles A. Lindbergh in 1927. On May 21, 1927 Lindbergh took flight in what would eventually become the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Owens (1927) writes in his New York Times article: A sluggish grey monoplane lurched its way down Roosevelt Field, slowly gathering momentum. Inside sat a tall youngster, eyes glued to an instrument board or darting ahead for swift glances at the runway, his face drawn with the intensity of his purpose. And then slowly, so slowly that those…show more content…
Lindbergh (1927) says he replaced the weight of the navigator with something called an inductor compass. This was based on the relation between the earth’s magnetic field and the magnetic field generated in the airplane. He claims “This inductor compass was so accurate that [he] really needed no other guide” (Lindbergh, 1927, p.515). The surprising speed of his plane was another reason why Lindbergh reached Paris with such ease. In the New York Times it talks about out of three pilots that attempted to keep up with him from takeoff, only one was successful. The name of that pilot was Arthur Caperton. After being asked how fast Lindbergh was traveling, he goes on to say “I was too busy watching Lindbergh, but I know he was hitting it up at phenomenal speed for his load” (Caperton, 1927, A2). Another big reason for the success of Lindbergh’s flight was that he landed with a considerable amount of gasoline left. Many flights before him had failed solely because of the lack of fuel. This was one mistake Lindbergh attempted to avoid. When asked about comfort and nutrition, Lindbergh (1927) claimed that he did not really think about them much. He only had two or three drinks of water and ate only one and half
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