On the rainy morning of May 20, 1927, a little-known American pilot named
Charles A. Lindbergh climbed into his single-engine monoplane, Spirit of St.
Louis, and prepared to take off from a small airfield on Long Island, New York.
Despite his inexperience—the twenty-five-year-old Lindbergh had never before
flown over open water—he was determined to win the $25,000 Orteig Prize promised
since 1919 to the first pilot to fly nonstop between New York and Paris, a
terrifying adventure that had already claimed six men’s lives. Ahead of him lay
a 3,600-mile solo journey across the vast north Atlantic and into the unknown;
his survival rested on his skill, courage, and an unassuming little aircraft
with no front window.
Author Dan Hampton, 336 pages, Hardcover.