Lindbergh with the Spirit of St. Louis

Charles Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic in a competition to make the first nonstop flight from New York to Paris. His competitors all had crews that included navigators. But Lindbergh felt that radio and celestial navigation were too unreliable in the air. He decided to trust his dead reckoning skills. These skills and some good weather enabled him to win.

Caption:
Charles Lindbergh in front of his Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri.
Type: Photograph
Image Date: May 11, 1927
Image Taken: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Credit: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Origin: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
SI 78-16305
Navigators & Inventors
Innovations
Navigation Methods
 
Charles Lindbergh in front of his Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri.