May 21, 1927

Charles Lindbergh Completes First Solo Transatlantic Flight

Fighting fog, icing, and sleep deprivation, Charles A. Lindbergh becomes the first aviator to make a solo, non-stop, transatlantic flight.

Lindbergh and his “Spirit of St. Louis” took off from Roosevelt Field on Long Island, New York on May 20 and landed at Le Bourget Field in Paris 33 hours and 30 minutes later.

He covered a distance of 3,610 miles. By making the flight, Lindbergh collected a $25,000 purse that had been offered by New York hotel owner Raymond Orteig.

Read the entire timeline of Lindbergh’s flight here.


May, 21 1927 Charles Lindbergh touched down in his custom Ryan monoplane at Le Bourget Field in Paris, completing the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. The flight lasted over 33 hours, and he was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd of 100,000.

The image on the left with an atmospheric print showing the Spirit of St. Louis flying over the Atlantic is inscribed by Donald A. Hall - a pioneering aeronautical engineer and aircraft designer who designed the Ryan NYP (known commonly as The Spirit of St. Louis) in only sixty days.

I’m so happy that Adam got a chance to work on the scores that he’s done this year. When you listen to them you can just hear the incredible amount of heart and soul he poured into each one…and the effect is no less than completely and utterly magical. I’m excited for the return of Owl City but these albums really have made for such an enchanting year.

So sarah and I went to the Air and Space museum for a history project or smth and we had like another hour so we walked around taking pictures n’ shit

I thought seeing the spirit of st louis was pretty damn cool 

But then I looked at the tail of the plane and

I guess Ryan has been in the air far longer than we originally thought

Seagulls Down
  • Seagulls Down
  • Adam Young

Wheels Down in the left ear, Seagulls in the right ear. Wheels Down is completely untouched, but Seagulls is edited to match.

this was not as easy as I thought it was going to be

Charles Lindbergh, with Spirit of St. Louis in background, 1927
The Spirit of St. Louis (Registration: N-X-211) is the custom-built, single engine, single-seat monoplane that was flown solo by Charles Lindbergh on May 20–21, 1927, on the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris for which Lindbergh won the $25,000 Orteig Prize. Lindbergh took off in the Spirit from Roosevelt Airfield, Garden City (Long Island), New York and landed 33 hours, 30 minutes later at Aéroport Le Bourget in Paris, France, a distance of approximately 3,600 miles (5,800 km.).