Charles Lindbergh was the perhaps the greatest hero of the 1920’s and was a symbol of the exploration and risk-taking of the era. Lindbergh’s claim to fame was doing something that many had tried and failed. Seeking a $25,000 prize offered by Franco-American philanthropist Raymond B. Orteig of New York City, Lindbergh set out on completing thefirst ever nonstop transatlantic solo flight across the English Channel, between New York and Paris. In his now famous plane “The Spirit of St.
Louis”, Lindbergh left Roosevelt Field in New York at exactly 7:52 a.m. on May 20, 1927. Thirty-three hours, thirty-two minutes later, Lindbergh landed at Le Bourget Airport near Paris. By completing this astonishing task, Lindbergh soon became a national and worldwide icon; a hero to millions. Lindbergh’s feat launched him into the national spotlight, and his fearless flight symbolized the feeling of invincibility and exploration of the twenties.
Lindbergh felt that he was going to make it across the English Channel and that nothing could stop him.
He had an opinion of himself that many people shared during the time period. His yearning for new experiences was similar to the woman of the twenties yearning for freedom and new identities.
Charles Lindbergh is known for his feat of flying solo in a nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean on May 20-21, 1927; He was thefirst man ever to complete the challenge.He immediately became internationally known and was idolized by many.
During 1940s, he campaigned against American involvement in WWII and was gravely criticized.Is Charles Lindbergh an American hero or is he an unpatriotic villain?Charles Augustus Lindbergh was born on Feb. 4, 1902, in Detroit but grew up on a farm in Little Falls, MN.Since childhood, Lindbergh had remarkable mechanical capabilities and shown major interest in aviation.At age 18, he entered University of Wisconsin to study engineering but remained for no more than 2 years, he had quit school to become a daredevil pilot.On May 20 1927, Charles Lindbergh took off in the Spirit of St. Louis from Roosevelt Field, in NY, at 7:52 A.M. He landed at Le Bourget Field, near Paris, on May 21 at 10:21 P.M. (Paris Time).He became thefirst man to fly alone across the atlantic ocean.Thousands greeted him upon his arrival and cheered endlessly for his heroic of a flight.The world was inspired and thrilled by his feat and it made him famous.He received countless awards and people honored him celebrations and parades.He was, indeed, an American Hero of that time.
It wasnt until a decade after his feat that people began to doubt his heroism and patriosm.In 1938, Lindbergh accepted the German medal of honor a high Nazi official had presented him. Lindbergh’s acceptance of the medal angered many Americans.Briefly after he returned to United States in 1939, he joined the America First Committee, an organization that opposed voluntary American entry into World War II.Lindbergh became the leading spokeperson for the organization and publicly denounced FDR for his foreign policies and accused the British and Jewish of deliberately steering United States into war.