Charles Lindberg/

It involved skill. It brought adventure. It made use of the latest developments of science

In May 1927, Charles Lindbergh, a young postal pilot flew into the history books. Piloting a single engine monoplane, Spirit of St. Louis, he achieved the first solo transatlantic flight and the first non-stop flight between North America and the European mainland.

Nicknamed The Lone Eagle, Lindbergh soon became a massive international celebrity as he and his flight captured the imagination of the public. A crowd of 150,000 people stormed the field on his arrival in Paris, damaging the plane and carrying him above their heads for half an hour.

He was also nicknamed Lucky Lindy, but his success during the 33-hour flight which was sometimes very arduous was not solely down to luck. Nor was he always lucky. In 1932, the world was shocked to hear that one of Lindbergh’s six children, a baby, Charles Lindbergh Jr. had been kidnapped. A man was convicted and executed for the crime, but tragically the baby was found dead.

Lindbergh did not find fame easy and was later widely criticised for his campaigns to keep the United States out of the Second World War. But his glorious success in flying into the history books in 1927, can never be denied.