Charles Lindbergh landing at Le Bourget airfield in Paris with The Spirit of St. Louis, becoming the first man to make a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean, May 21, 1927.
He took off from Roosevelt Field near New York City 33 1/2 hours earlier. Flying northeast along the coast, he flew over Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, and from there on, he relied only on his magnetic compass, his airspeed indicator, and luck to navigate toward Ireland. The flight had captured the imagination of the American public like few events in history. Citizens waited nervously by their radios, listening for news of the flight.