Charles Augustus Lindbergh: A Brief Biography

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33.5 hours, 450 gallons of fuel, and one mission, to win the Orteig Prize. On May 20th, 1927 Charles Augustus Lindbergh made the first solo, transatlantic flight nonstop from New York to Paris. Charles Lindbergh was not just a pilot; he also held the roles of a soldier, politician, author, and a major social rights activist. There are many interesting points and times of Charles Lindbergh’s life and career, especially his early life and aviation career, his Spirit of St. Louis flight and his quite interesting family life. Charles Augustus Lindbergh was born on February 4th, 1902 in Detroit, Michigan to US Congressman Charles August Lindbergh and Evangeline Lodge Land, a chemistry teacher. Charles spent most of his early childhood living in…show more content…
In 1930, Charles, helped make a medical breakthrough by helping surgeons develop a new heart pump to make open heart surgery more possible. Charles also had many other inventions throughout the rest of his life. Tragedy struck his family in the late hours of March 1st, 1932. 20 month old Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr. was abducted from his crib while the rest of the family was asleep. A 10 week nationwide search was started for the baby with a reward for his safe return. After all hope was lost a ransom note was sent to the Lindbergh’s house from the kidnapper. The ransom money was posted and federal agents tracked the money to the Bronx. A man by the name of Bruno Hauptmann was found to be the kidnapper and murderer of the baby. Hauptmann was charged with kidnapping and first-degree murder. Soon after this tragic event, Charles grew tired of all the media attention that his family was receiving, so late one night in 1936 he packed up his family on a cargo ship and set off to Liverpool, England. The news that his family had moved overseas did not break for some time. After a good many years in exile with his family, Lindbergh, moved the back to the United States in 1939. He would then reenlist in the Air Service in 1944 as a flight strategy expert and serve about 5 more years working with top pilots in the

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