lindbergh, charles a.

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Lindbergh, Charles A. [(lind-burg, lin-burg)]

An aviator of the twentieth century. In 1927, Lindbergh flew alone from New York City to Paris across the Atlantic Ocean, traveling nonstop in The Spirit of St. Louis. His was the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic and the first solo flight across the ocean. Young, and engaging in manner, he became an instant hero, nicknamed the “Lone Eagle” and “Lucky Lindy.” After World War II had begun but before the United States entered the war, he urged American neutrality and was heavily criticized for his stand.

Note: The kidnaping and murder of Lindbergh's infant son in 1932 gained attention around the world and led to the strengthening of federal laws against kidnaping.
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