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Sat May 20, 2017, 07:24 AM

 

90 Years ago this morning; Lindbergh takes off from Roosevelt Field, LI on his way to Paris


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Lindbergh#Flight



Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field for Paris in the early morning of Friday, May 20, 1927. Loaded with 450 U.S. gallons (1,704 liters) of fuel‍‌strained repeatedly to avoid fuel line blockage, and weighing about 2,710 lb (1,230 kg)‍‌and hampered by a muddy, rain-soaked runway, Lindbergh's monoplane, powered by a J-5C Wright Whirlwind radial engine, gained speed very slowly during its 7:52 am takeoff, but cleared telephone lines at the far end of the field "by about twenty feet (six meters) with a fair reserve of flying speed".


Never a fan of his politics, but you cannot deny it took guts to do what he did.

Check back tomorrow to see if he makes it.

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Reply 90 Years ago this morning; Lindbergh takes off from Roosevelt Field, LI on his way to Paris (Original post)
Cooley Hurd May 2017 OP
Rhiannon12866 May 2017 #1
Cooley Hurd May 2017 #3
Rhiannon12866 May 2017 #6
JHB May 2017 #9
dembotoz May 2017 #2
RKP5637 May 2017 #4
Cooley Hurd May 2017 #5
roamer65 May 2017 #7
Bucky May 2017 #8
speaktruthtopower May 2017 #10
DefenseLawyer May 2017 #11
Cooley Hurd May 2017 #12

Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sat May 20, 2017, 07:44 AM

1. Wishing him all the luck in the world!

This is historic!

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #1)

Sat May 20, 2017, 07:52 AM

3. If he took off from Roosevelt Field today, he'd run smack into Penney's!

 



Roosevelt Field Shopping Mall (Wikipedia)

Somewhere in the mall, there's a plaque near a men's room that tells people what happened there in 1927.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #3)

Sat May 20, 2017, 09:14 AM

6. There's something really wrong with that...

They might as well have put up a parking lot.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #6)

Sat May 20, 2017, 11:06 AM

9. It has those too. Big ones, from what I remember.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sat May 20, 2017, 07:49 AM

2. Wonder if he had trouble with tsa?

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Response to dembotoz (Reply #2)

Sat May 20, 2017, 08:00 AM

4. ... still waiting to get through TSA. Long wait...

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Response to dembotoz (Reply #2)

Sat May 20, 2017, 08:03 AM

5. If by TSA, you mean Tear the Spirit Apart, he did have trouble:

 

A crowd estimated at 150,000 stormed the field, dragged Lindbergh out of the cockpit, and literally carried him around above their heads for "nearly half an hour". Some damage was done to the Spirit (especially to the fine linen, silver-painted fabric covering on the fuselage) by souvenir hunters before pilot and plane reached the safety of a nearby hangar with the aid of French military fliers, soldiers, and police.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sat May 20, 2017, 09:26 AM

7. I'm sorry, but in my mind his Nazi sympathies really taint his achievement.

Amelia Earhart was a much better role model, IMO.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sat May 20, 2017, 10:18 AM

8. and his whereabouts when Amelia Earhardt went "missing" still can't be explained

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sat May 20, 2017, 11:09 AM

10. Jimmy Stewart..

was perfectly cast in the movie about that.

Little known fact: he couldn't see straight ahead very well in that plane....look at the photo.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sat May 20, 2017, 11:10 AM

11. Lindbergh would have been a Trump supporter

 

He was also a big fan of Hitler and an outspoken anti-Semite. So let's not do too much celebrating about his historic flight without context.

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Response to DefenseLawyer (Reply #11)

Sat May 20, 2017, 11:58 AM

12. You provided the context...

 

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