The Legacy of Charles Augustus Lindbergh

            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.

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