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In today's society, one can become famous for the slightest task. Many of today's heroes and idols have never accomplished anything truly great. Some are admired for their looks, acting ability, or simply for being in the right place at the right time. However, Charles Augustus Lindbergh is one American hero that truly earned the fame and respect that he received.
Lindbergh's fame began in 1927, when his dreams of making the flight between New York and Paris were beginning to be realized. Between the months of March and May, Charles supervised the construction of the Spirit of St. Louis, the airplane that would later fulfill his dream. Soon after its completion, Lindbergh set a speed record for a flight between San Diego and St. Louis. At this point, Americans began to recognize him as a competitor in the race across the Atlantic. Finally, on May 20, 1927, he embarked on his journey to France. On May 21, Lindbergh touched down at Le Bourget Airport in Paris. Although recognized as a national hero, Charles' influence in American history didn't end with the transatlantic flight. Lindbergh tragically became the center of the "trial of the century," became deeply involved in the World War II controversy, and was involved in other foreign affairs.
In 1913, Charles Lindbergh had his first experience with an airplane. Playing inside his home one afternoon, he heard the far off drone of an engine. Presuming the noise to be that of an automobile, Charles went on playing. Soon, the drone turned into a roar, and he knew that it had to be something else. Walking out onto his roof, he saw that the noise was an airplane. The sight of the airplane caused Charles to dream of flying for the rest of his childhood.
In 1912, Charles' father bought a new car, a Model-T Ford that the family named Maria. At the age of eleven, Charles learned to drive the car and after a great deal of practice, became a more proficient driver than either of his parents. After studying the combustion engine that the Model-T donned, he prided himself on his ability to start Maria and keep her running. In 1916, Charles' father ordered a new tractor, which Charles insisted on assembling himself. After three days of hard work, the tractor ran without a problem. Through the tractor dealer, Charles then ordered a twin-cylinder Excelsior motorcycle. He "loved its power and speed and soon became a skillful rider" (Giblin 13). Charles finished high school with mediocre grades and then attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He soon became bored with college and turned to his lifelong interest in aviation.
In 1922, Charles applied to the Nebraska Aircraft Corporation for flying instruction. The experience turned out to be a disappointment. After only a fraction of the guaranteed instruction hours were administered, the company chose to sell its training plane. Despite this drawback, Charles felt that he had learned a lot from the little experience he received.
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