The Spirit of St. Louis being steered out onto the muddy runway before Lindbergh’s bumpy takeoff.
Leaving Curtiss Field on Long Island and traveling 3,610 miles (over mostly water), Lindbergh touched down at Le Bourget Field in Paris, London after 33 and a half hours in the air. He was the first man to accomplish this feat and was awarded $25,000 by Raymond Ortieg.
In early 1929, Lindbergh designed Winslow’s Regional airport.
Lindbergh decided to take part in the designing of Winslow’s airport because the town was a favorite place of he and his wife, Anne.
On May 18, Winslow’s Lindbergh-Regional Airport will commemorate his historic flight with a celebration of aviation.
The day will feature tours of the Native American Air and the United States Forest Service Fire Tanker Base.
There will be kite flying exhibitions and paper airplane/balsa flyer competitions. Both planes will be launched from the airport’s tower. The competitors will be put in age categories.
People can also take a ride up in a real airplane for a fee (kids fly free with an adult).
There will be booths displaying both crafts and information about local organizations.
Food will be available during the afternoon at the Last Resort Cafe and the Seattle Grind.
Visitors can view cars from the “good old days” provided by members of the Just Crusin’ Car Club. Airplanes and helicopters will also be available to view.
That evening, the hangar will be emptied and the sounds of the 30s and 40s will fill the air for those who wish to take a turn on the dance floor.
The festivities begin at 9 a.m.