• Charles Lindbergh: Young Vikings of the Air

    By JON AXLINE

    Few today can imagine the mania that accompanied Charles Lindbergh on his visit to Montana in 1927.

    Just two months after his epic solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean, the Lone Eagle and the Spirit of St. Louis embarked on a 22,000-mile, 48-state tour of the United States to promote commercial aviation.  The tour brought him and his entourage to Montana in early September of that year.

    Here, as in other states, he was met by enthusiastic crowds eager to see the “Young Viking of the Air” and, perhaps, hear him speak about his recent transatlantic adventure.  In that, they were sorely disappointed.

    Butte was Lindbergh’s first Montana stop, on September 5.  Wearing the leather jacket he wore on his transatlantic flight a few months earlier, Lindbergh climbed down from the Spirit of St. Louis to the cheers of 15,000 fans.

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