October 5, 1927
Aviator Charles Lindbergh landed the “Spirit of St. Louis,” the custom-built, single engine monoplane he flew across the Atlantic, at Birmingham’s Roberts Field on Oct. 5, 1927. Lindbergh earned worldwide fame earlier in the year for the feat, flying solo and nonstop from New York to Paris, on May 20-21. One of the best-known aircraft in the world, the Spirit and its pilot toured the country for months to follow. One of those stops was Roberts Field, which served as Birmingham’s primary airport from 1922 until the completion of the Birmingham Municipal Airport in 1927. Lindbergh and the Spirit stayed in Birmingham for two days before leaving for Jackson, Mississippi. Today, the Spirit is on display at Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
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