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By Heather Lehr Wagner

Well-known Flyers highlights aviators who prompted pop culture through the early 1900s, international battle I and II, and the chilly conflict. This sequence combines heritage and delight studying in a fast moving narrative of the lives of a few of the main well-known, and notorious, aviators of the 20 th century. Lindbergh flew on my own from long island to Paris for over 33 hours in may possibly 1927, turning into the 1st individual to fly effectively around the Atlantic Ocean. examine this interesting accomplishment, to boot the tragedy that came about the Lindberghs whilst their son used to be abducted and murdered.

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Q 11/21/02 2:38 PM Page 33 Life as an Aviator 33 more dangerous stunts—things like walking on the planes’ wings or jumping from the planes in parachutes. Bahl needed the training plane for a barnstorming trip through Nebraska, Kansas, and Colorado. Charles knew that without the plane, there was little hope of continuing his flying lessons. So he decided to follow the plane. He persuaded Bahl to let him go with him as an unpaid assistant. Bahl agreed. The tour was scheduled to last for a month, and Charles’s initial jobs were the most menial tasks—cleaning the plane, collecting the money (five dollars for five minutes in the air), and doing his best to gather a crowd when Bahl flew in.

The planes were DH-4s, a fabric-wing biplane with a plywood fuselage. The DH-4s carried a 12-cylinder, 400-horsepower Liberty engine and were capable of cruising at about 90 miles (145 kilometers) per hour. They were refitted military planes, but their broken fuselages and torn wings had rendered them unfit for any kind of military use. They were labeled “flying coffins” by experienced pilots—they were prone to crash and then to burst into flames. But Robertson did not have enough money to purchase new airplanes, whose cost often ran as high as $5,000-$10,000.

Even a dance, a variation of the Charleston called the “Lindy Hop,” became popular across the country. Lindbergh’s image became the inspiration for countless articles of merchandise. ” For several years, the prize went unclaimed. No plane had proved capable of traveling the distance such a flight would require—some 3,315 miles (5,335 kilometers). In 1923, a nonstop distance record was set for travel from New York to San Diego, but that coast-to-coast flight traveled only 2,500 miles (4,023 kilometers).

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