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.
AVs: of reproduction of Lindbergh's plane at air show
CU: 50th anniversary poster.
GV: reproduction of Lindbergh's plane and others at air show as people look on.
SV AND GV: Library footage of Lindbergh preparing to leave and taking off from New York on his trans-Atlantic flight.(5 shots)
AVs: of plane in flight (4 shots) Lindbergh speaking over these shots
GV: library footage of landing in Le Bourget and crowds rushing towards plane. (4 shots)
GV: crowds surging around plane.
CU: New York Times - 'Lindbergh Does It" (2 shots)
SV AND GV: Lindbergh receiving ticker tape welcome in New York. (3 shots)
GV AND SV: shots of 'spirit of St. Louis' in Smithsonian Institution. (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: LINDBERGH: "Here, all around me is the Atlantic. A minute ago I was a creature of land, thinking of the ocean ahead. Now, I'm a creature of the ocean, sensing the exhilarating coolness of the world."
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Background: 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.