May 20, 2017 all-day
20-21 May 1927 is the anniversary of the first solo transatlantic flight. Captain Charles Augustus Lindbergh, 25-year-old aviator, departed from rainy, muddy Roosevelt Field, Long Island, NY, alone at 7: 52AM, 20 May 1927, in a Ryan monoplane named Spirit of St. Louis. He landed at Le Bourget airfield, Paris, France, at 10: 24 PM, Paris time (5: 24 PM, NY time), 21 May winning a $ 25,000 prize offered by Raymond Orteig for the first nonstop flight between New York City and Paris (3,600 miles). The flying fool, as he had been dubbed by some doubters, became Lucky Lindy, an instant world hero.