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Charles Lindbergh

Born: February 4, 1902, Detroit, Michigan
Died: August 26, 1974 (age 72), Kipahulu, Maui, Hawaii

Charles LindberghCharles Augustus Lindbergh (nicknamed "Lucky Lindy" and "The Lone Eagle") was an American aviator, author, inventor and explorer. By the late 1930s, he had become a prominent non-interventionist, opposed to United States involvement in World War II.

What do you know about Charles Lindbergh? Take off with this quick quiz.

1. Lindbergh made his first solo flight at Souther Field in Americus, Georgia, a former Army flight training field to which he had come to buy a World War I-surplus Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny" biplane. When did he solo?

  • May 1921
  • May 1923
  • May 1925

2. Lindbergh had been ordered to report to Brooks Field, San Antonio, Texas, on March 19, 1924, to begin a year of military flight training with the United States Army Air Service. What was the other filed he trained at in the San Antonio area?

  • Alamo Field
  • Kelly Field
  • Goddard Field

3. In October 1925, Lindbergh was hired by the Robertson Aircraft Corporation (RAC) in St. Louis (were he had been working as a flight instructor) to first lay out, and then serve as chief pilot for the newly designated 278-mile Contract Air Mail Route #2 (CAM-2). From St. Louis where was the destination?

  • Chicago
  • New Orleans
  • Washington, DC

4. What was the name of the $25,000 award to the pilot of the first successful nonstop flight made in either direction between New York City and Paris?

  • Orteig Prize
  • Russell Prize
  • Rockefeller Prize

5. At 7:52 AM, May 20, 1927 in the Spirit of St. Louis, Lindbergh took off. What field did he leave from?

  • Midway Field
  • Roosevelt Field
  • Kelly Field

6. Over the next 33.5 hours he and the "Spirit" , which Lindbergh always jointly referred to simply as "WE", faced many challenges including skimming over both storm clouds at 10,000 feet (3,000 m) and wave tops at as low at 10 feet, fighting icing, flying blind through fog for several hours, and navigating only by the stars (when visible) and "dead reckoning" before landing at Le Bourget at 10:22 PM on 21 May. A crowd estimated at 150,000 spectators stormed the field, dragged Lindbergh out of the cockpit, and literally carried him around above their heads for "nearly half an hour."

  • Fact or Myth?

7. Who did he marry on May 27, 1929?

  • Anne Morrow
  • Anne Bancroft
  • Margaret Meade

8. In what came to be referred to sensationally by the press of the time as "The Crime of the Century," on the evening of March 1, 1932, 20-month old Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr., was abducted by an intruder from his crib in the second story nursery of his family's rural home in East Amwell, New Jersey near the town of Hopewell. Who was convicted as the kidnapper and electrocuted?

  • David Ray Mays
  • Edgar Means
  • Bruno Richard Hauptmann

9. What was the cause of Lindbergh death on August 26, 1974?

  • Lymphoma
  • Airplane accident
  • Falling off a Maui cliff

10. Where is Charles Lindbergh buried?

  • Palapala Ho'omau Church, Kipahulu, Maui, Hawaii
  • Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Cremated, ashes scattered in the Atlantic Ocean

Charles Lindbergh Answers

  1. May 1923
  2. Kelly Field
  3. Chicago
  4. Orteig Prize
  5. Roosevelt Field
  6. Fact
  7. Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  8. Bruno Richard Hauptmann
  9. Lymphoma
  10. Palapala Ho'omau Church, Kipahulu, Maui, Hawaii

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