Sins of Omission

Lucky Lindy

Nearly everyone knows that in 1927 Charles Lindbergh made the first nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean, lifting off from a field on Long Island and touching down in Paris 33 hours and 3,600 miles later.  He instantly became an American hero of proportions never before seen.  He was termed “Lucky Lindy,” but luck had little to do with it.  Although only 25 years old, the lanky and handsome Lindbergh was one of America’s most skilled and accomplished pilots.  His airplane, Spirit of St. Louis, built on a shoestring budget by Ryan Aircraft in San Diego, was genius in its simplicity.  Working with company president Frank Mahoney, chief engineer Don Hall, and chief mechanic Doug Corrigan, Lindbergh had the plane together in record time.

Most people also know that Lindbergh’s first child was kidnapped and murdered.  Far fewer know that he became one of the leading spokesmen for the America First Committee, incurring the wrath of FDR.  Vindictive as always, Roosevelt conspired to destroy Lindbergh’s reputation, having friendly scribes pen poisonous stories about the Lone Eagle, often lifting words from Lindbergh’s speeches out of context and distorting his views beyond recognition.  In protest against the relentless and venomous attacks inspired by FDR, Lindbergh, a colonel in the Army Air Corps Reserve, resigned his commission in April 1941.

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