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Date of Birth 4 February 1902Detroit, Michigan, USA
Date of Death 26 August 1974Kipahulu, Maui, Hawaii, USA  (cancer)
Birth NameCharles Augustus Lindbergh
Nicknames Lucky Lindy
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Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

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Charles A. Lindbergh was born on February 4, 1902 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Charles Augustus Lindbergh. He is known for his work on The Spirit of St. Louis (1957), Verdensberømtheder i København (1939) and Charles A. Lindbergh (1927). He was married to Anne Morrow Lindbergh. He died on August 26, 1974 in Kipahulu, Maui, Hawaii, USA.

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Anne Morrow Lindbergh (27 May 1929 - 26 August 1974) (his death) (6 children)

Trivia (20)

Born at 2:30am-CST
From the mid-1950s he was a consultant and director of Pan-American Airways.
1954: Named a brigadier general in the United States Air Force Reserves for his long-term service to the U.S. government.
A life-long abstainer from tobacco and alcohol.
1928: Named Time Magazine's "Man of the Year".
Children, with Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Charles Lindbergh Jr. (b. 1931), Jon Lindbergh (b. 1932), Land (b. 1937), Anne (b. 1940), Scott (b. 1942) and Reeve Lindbergh (b. 1945).
1927: He became the first pilot to fly an airplane across the Atlantic Ocean from New York to Paris. The race to cross the Atlantic had been attempted by the best pilots of the time, most of whom had made names for themselves during World War I. One of them was Richard E. Byrd Jr. (who was later the first man to fly over the South Pole). With that competition, Lindbergh was seen as an outsider, and he had problems getting financial backing and a plane. He finally got money from a small company in St. Louis, MO, which named his plane "The Spirit of St. Louis" for the publicity. What separated Lindbergh from his competition was that he was the only pilot in the running who was going to fly a single-engine plane and the only pilot who was willing to fly alone. One of the chief reasons for his success was that most of his competition has either crashed or had mechanical or financial problems.
Eldest son Charles Lindbergh Jr. is the famous "Lindbergh baby". He was kidnapped and murdered in 1932. German immigrant Bruno Richard Hauptmann was tried, convicted and executed for the crime. This story inspired British author Agatha Christie for a murder mystery novel brought to the screen as Murder on the Orient Express (1974). Other deceased family members include daughter Anne Spencer Lindbergh (d. 1993) and wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh (d. 2001).
Related to Swedish actor Thomaz Ransmyr.
5/28/98: Pictured on one of 15 32¢ US commemorative postage stamps in the "Celebrate the Century" series, celebrating the 1920s.
During World War II, Lindbergh rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the U.S. Army Air Corps and in 1948, when the AAC separated from the army to become the US Air Force, he went along and kept that same rank. During WWII Lindbergh specifically requested Pacific Theather assignments only, since he had been a strong and vocal supporter and admirer of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany in the 1930s.
1976: Pictured on a commemorative 50¢ postage label issued by the (now defunct) Independent Postal System of America.
5/4/28: Awarded a Congressional Gold Medal (45 Stat. 490).
October 1938: In one of many visits to Nazi Germany, Lindbergh received the Service Cross of the German Eagle (Verdienstkreuz der Deutscher Adler). This is the second highest award the Reich could bestow on a foreigner (only Henry Ford, another admirer of Nazi Germany, was awarded a higher-ranking medal).
Had three children with German hat maker Brigitte Hesshaimer: Dirk (born 1958), Astrid (born 1960) and David (born 1967). They managed to keep the affair secret, until Astrid disclosed it in 2003, two years after both Ms Hesshaimer and Mrs Lindbergh had died. DNA tests have confirmed the truth of these assertions.
His record-setting flight over the Atlantic Ocean failed to make the cover of Time Magazine in 1927. Later that year, seeking to fill in a slow news week and make up for missing the story earlier, the editors of Time created their "Man of the Year" honorific, devoting an entire issue to how influential the flight was, and making Lindy himself the first person ever to receive that title.
In 1927, just prior to his historic flight, Lindbergh was nearly grounded by William P. MacCracken, Jr., a government aeronautics official. Lindbergh had been engaging in barnstorming and daredevil flights in government planes, and had actually wrecked several of them. Only after Lindbergh's supervisor promised to restrain his behavior did MacCracken relent and allow Lindbergh to make his historic flight.
During his 1938 visit to Germany, Reich Air Marshall Hermann Goering took Lindbergh and several other passengers on a flight aboard a new passenger plane. While airborne, Goering turned the controls over to Lindbergh, who was quite flattered.
Prior to Pearl Harbor, Lindbergh outraged the American public by advocating America's entry into World War II on the side of Nazi Germany.
When Lindbergh landed in France after his historic flight, one of the first reporters to reach him was William Shirer.

Personal Quotes (2)

[in a letter to Apollo 11 Commander Michael Collins] The ground shook and my chest was beating as though bombs were falling nearby. It seemed impossible for life to exist while carrying that fire. What a fantastic experience it must have been-the first man alone looking down on another celestial body, like a god of space!
[Lindbergh, an isolationist, replying to a question about the US accommodating Adolf Hitler rather than standing up to him] {it} could maintain peace and civilization throughout the world as far into the future as we can see.

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