• Short Summary

    A replica of Charles Lindbergh's plane 'Spirit of St Louis' flew across the flatlands near New York on Friday (20 May), 50 years to the minute since the aviator took off on the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic.

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    A replica of Charles Lindbergh's plane 'Spirit of St Louis' flew across the flatlands near New York on Friday (20 May), 50 years to the minute since the aviator took off on the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic.

    SYNOPSIS: The monoplane took off not far from the grass field where Lindbergh began his 33 hour 20 minute flight in 1927. It marked the start of four days of celebrations throughout the United States to mark the anniversary. A series of parades, fly pasts and carnivals were planned.

    Only a few hundred people came to see Lindbergh off from the Roosevelt field, which has long since been engulfed by a race track and shopping centre. Years alter, Lindbergh described his feelings on his historic flight.

    Lindbergh's arrival at Le Bourget airport in France is history, with crowds streaming across the airfield before the St Louis could even taxi to a halt. The aviator later said the reception was the most dangerous part of the whole flight.

    Newspapers around the world proclaimed his bravery and luck and Lindbergh received a ticker tape welcome when he returned to New York. But he shunned such admiration and many of his friends say now he would not have wanted to commemorative celebrations.

    The original 'Spirit of St Louis' is now in the Smithsonian Institution in New York. Lindbergh always stressed that the plane was the best on available at that time to make the flight. In these days of Concorde and super jets, Lindbergh's tiny plane fascinates aviators.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8S0X1VXNUJ6HFHT1BP40492I3
    Media URN:
    VLVA8S0X1VXNUJ6HFHT1BP40492I3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/05/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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