Charles Lindbergh

AZL flag holder TransparentCharles Augustus Lindbergh (February 4th, 1902 – August 26th, 1974), nicknamed Slim, Lucky Lindy, and The Lone Eagle, was an American aviator, author, inventor, military officer, explorer, and social activist. Lindbergh was the third child of Charles August Lindbergh (birth name Carl Månsson) (1859–1924) who had emigrated from Sweden to Melrose, Minnesota as an infant, and his only child with his second wife, Evangeline Lodge Land Lindbergh (1876–1954), of Detroit. Lindbergh’s father, a U.S. Congressman (R-MN-6) from 1907 to 1917, was one of the few Congressmen to oppose the entry of the U.S. into WWI. A U.S. Army Air Corps Reserve officer Lindbergh was awarded the nation’s highest military decoration, the Medal of Honour, for his historic first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean on May 20th-21st, 1927. A distance of nearly 3,600 statute miles (5,800 km), in the single-seat, single-engine, purpose-built Ryan monoplane Spirit of St. Louis the record setting flight took 33 hours and 30 minutes. As a result of this flight, Lindbergh was the first person in history to be in New York one day and Paris the next. Lindbergh used his fame to promote the development of both commercial aviation and Air Mail services in the United States and the Americas. Starting in early 1931 Lindbergh studied the perfusion of organs outside the body with Nobel Prize-winning French surgeon Dr. Alexis Carrel. Lindbergh’s invention, a glass perfusion pump, named the “Model T” pump, is credited with making future heart surgeries possible. Lindbergh toured German aviation facilities from 1936 to 1938 and reported to the U.S. military that Germany was leading in metal construction, low-wing designs, dirigibles, and diesel engines. Reichmarshal Göring presented Lindbergh with the Commander Cross of the Order of the German Eagle on behalf of Adolf Hitler for his 1927 flight and services to aviation (Henry Ford had Lindbergh's Warningreceived the same award earlier in July). A staunch anti-Communist Lindbergh stated categorically that “our bond with Europe is one of race and not of political ideology,” he elucidated this belief in an article he published in Reader’s Digest in 1939: “We can have peace and security only so long as we band together to preserve that most priceless possession, our inheritance of European blood, only so long as we guard ourselves against attack by foreign armies and dilution by foreign races.” Indeed according to his diaries, he wrote: “We must limit …Jewish influence”. Consequently Lindbergh campaigned against voluntary American involvement in WWII and was a supporter of the America First movement the foremost non-interventionist pressure group advocating that America remain neutral during the war. However, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour Lindbergh publicly supported the war effort and flew 50 combat missions in the Pacific Theatre of WWII as a civilian consultant but Roosevelt refused to reinstate his Army Air Corps colonel’s commission that Lindbergh resigned as a result of Roosevelt’s public rebuke in early 1941 only confirming the President’s complicity in the international Jewish agenda. Lindbergh developed a long-term friendship with the automobile pioneer Henry Ford and in his later years he became a prolific prize-winning author, international explorer, inventor, and environmentalist. He died on August 26th, 1974, at the age of 72.

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