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The Flight

Charles Lindbergh's Daring and Immortal 1927 Transatlantic Crossing

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"OUTSTANDING. ... RIVETING."--Library Journal (STARRED REVIEW) • From "one of the most decorated pilots in Air Force history"* comes a masterful account of Charles Lindbergh’s death-defying nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean in the Spirit of St. Louis—an inspiring achievement that brought the world to a halt in May 1927 and made Lindbergh the most celebrated man of his time

On the rainy morning of May 20, 1927, a little-known American pilot named Charles A. Lindbergh climbed into his single-engine monoplane, the 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.

Only 500 people showed up to see him off. Thirty-three and a half hours later, a crowd of more than 100,000 mobbed the Spirit as the audacious young American touched down in Paris, having acheived the seemingly impossible. Overnight, as he navigated by the stars through storms across the featureless ocean, news of his attempt had circled the globe, making him an international celebrity by the time he reached Europe. He returned to the United States a national hero, feted with ticker-tape parades that drew millions, bestowed every possible award from the Medal of Honor to Time’s "Man of the Year" (the first to be so named), commemorated on a U.S. postage stamp within months, and celebrated as the embodiment of the twentieth century and America’s place in it.

Acclaimed aviation historian Dan Hampton’s The Flight is a long-overdue, flyer’s-eye narrative of Lindbergh’s legendary journey. A decorated fighter pilot who flew more than 150 combat missions in an F-16 and made numerous transatlantic crossings, Hampton draws on his unique perspective to bring alive the danger, uncertainty, and heroic accomplishment of Lindbergh’s crossing. Hampton’s deeply researched telling also incorporates a trove of primary sources, including Lindbergh’s own personal diary and writings, as well as family letters and untapped aviation archives that fill out this legendary story as never before.

*New York Post

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Critical Praise

“An engrossing account. ... Hampton is a voice of expertise in the air. ... [A] well-crafted tale of adventure.” —USA Today

“Outstanding. ... Riveting. ... Recommended. ... A painstaking account [that] succeeds in placing readers in the cockpit of the Spirit of St. Louis. .” —Library Journal (STARRED REVIEW)

“Often referred to as the deadliest F-16 pilot, outspoken bestselling author Dan Hampton is back ... with his upcoming book about Charles Lindbergh’s historic voyage—aptly titled The Flight. ... Hampton wrote one of the best air-combat memoirs of all time, Viper Pilot.” —Tyler Rogoway, TheDrive.com

“Vivid. … Offer[s] a cockpit’s-eye view of the flight. This you-are-there perspective effectively evokes the tension, risk, and skill involved, from the moment Lindbergh takes off from Roosevelt Field, crosses the coast of Newfoundland, and soars alone into the night above the roiling sea.” —Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062464415
  • ISBN 10: 0062464418
  • Imprint: William Morrow
  • On Sale: 05/16/2017
  • Pages: 336
  • List Price: 18.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers & Explorers
  • BISAC2: HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
  • BISAC3: TRANSPORTATION / Aviation / History

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