On Lindbergh and the Spirit of America

Here is a reminder on the eighty-eighth anniversary of a great achievement – Lindbergh’s crossing of the Atlantic in 1927 – and how Coolidge’s key role in recognizing the advancement of aviation deserves renewed appreciation. Lindbergh’s undeservedly besmirched legacy, in large part due to the malicious campaign to discredit and impugn him by the FDR administration, is now seeing an overdue revitalization. Lindbergh’s love of America, commitment to her air defenses, diligent work on behalf of American intelligence on the eve of World War II, and his principled stand for our due process of law against arbitrary and reckless executive power could not be reappraised at a better time. For further reading on Lindbergh and the campaign to disgrace him see James P. Duffy’s carefully researched book, “Lindbergh vs. Roosevelt” (Washington, D.C.: Regnery, 2010).

The Importance of the Obvious

Lindbergh-and-Coolidge,-1927It matters not what era or generation we find ourselves, there is an irrepressible impulse to search for and take pride in exceptional deeds, heroic achievements and great examples of character, courage and competence. As Americans we especially prize the opportunity to honor noble men and women. It reminds us that good is still rewarded and it renews our faith. Such was the occasion eighty-seven years ago, when young Charles Lindbergh completed the first ever solo transatlantic flight, a 3,600 mile, 33 and a half-hour feat, from Roosevelt Field in New York to Le Bourge Field, outside Paris, on May 20-21, 1927.

Returning to his homeland, Colonel Lindbergh found a nation ready to recognize what he had done not only for its contributions to aviation but to a much larger degree how he furnished a front-page opportunity to take stock of what was really good and worthwhile about America. Not…

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