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Events from History: 21 May 1927

A young American pilot, Charles Lindbergh, etched his name in aviation history with the first solo, non-stop transatlantic flight. Taking off from Roosevelt Field, New York, on May 20th, 1927, Lindbergh battled fatigue, icy conditions and the vast unknown as he piloted his plane, the Spirit of St. Louis, across the Atlantic Ocean. After a gruelling 33.5 hours, he emerged victorious, touching down at Le Bourget Airport in Paris on the evening of May 21st, 1927. Lindbergh’s daring feat captured the world’s imagination and revolutionised air travel, proving the possibility of long-distance flight.

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