When the first solo flight across the Atlantic made Charles Lindbergh the most famous man in the world

Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean is said to have made the American aviator – for a time at least – the most famous man in the world. It also gave a significant boost to commercial aviation. As Bill Bryson notes in his 2013 book One Summer: America, 1927, “In the mid-1920s, Boeing, a small manufac­turer of aeroplanes in Seattle, had so little work that it sometimes built furniture just to keep going. Within a year of Lindbergh’s…

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