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Lindbergh Flight Day (1927)

On May 20, 1927, at 7:52 a.m., Charles A. Lindbergh, an air mail pilot, flew from New York to Paris, arriving at 10:22 p.m. the next day. He flew 3610 miles and became the first man to fly non-stop across the Atlantic alone, breaking the non-stop distance record for an airplane. The sources listed below provide a window into aviation history and help capture the excitement and romance of a major breakthrough in air travel.


A commemorative stamp to mark the 50th anniversary of Lindberg’s flight was issued May 20, 1977, at Roosevelt Field in Long Island, NY.

Beverly Coward

Sources consulted:

Charles A. Lindbergh, A Biographical and Philatelic Study, by Walter Curley, HE 6183 L57R33, 1963.

Catalog of the Charles A. Lindbergh Collection of Cardinal Spellman Philatelic Museum, Inc., compiled and edited by Sister M. Fidelma and Walter Curley, HE 6183 L57C3X, 1968.

Stamp Design Files, Scott Catalog 2009, Vol. 1, May 20, 1977, 1710 A1099, Spirit of St. Louis (entitled “Charles A. Lindbergh’s solo transatlantic flight from New York to Paris, 50th anniversary”).


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