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Charles Lindbergh standing beside the Spirit of St. Louis. Photograph by American Commercial Photographers (attrib.), 1927. Missouri History Museum Photographs and Prints Collections. Lindbergh, Charles A. Collection. n22380.

On This Day in Aviation History

1927 – Charles Lindbergh lands his new Ryan monoplane, the “Spirit of St. Louis,” in St. Louis, Mo., after a record non-stop overnight flight from San Diego, Calif., of 14 hours, 25 min. 1957 – Death of Victor Herbert Strahm, American World War I flying ace, who served in World War II and was chief test pilot for the U.S. Army Air Forces. […]
CIA pilot Francis Gary Powers shot down. May 1. On this Day in Aviation History —

CIA pilot Francis Gary Powers shot down. May 1. On this Day in Aviation History —

1960 – During the Cold War, the United States was desperate for timely, accurate intelligence on Russian military activities. While that sort of information is gained by powerful satellites today, space-based reconnaissance was in its infancy in the 1960s. Not only was it unreliable, it was also not at all timely, since film had to […]

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