Lindbergh's Transatlantic Flight:
New York to Paris
On May 20, 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh left Long Island's Roosevelt Field in a single-engine plane built by Ryan Airlines. The plane, named the Spirit of St. Louis, would not touch ground again until it reached Paris, France. The record-setting flight proved not only to be a fight with the elements and a test of navigation, but also a long battle against fatigue. A busy schedule and an active mind kept the aviator up all of the previous night. Still, Lindbergh managed to stay conscious enough to keep the plane from crashing and landed at Le Bourget Aerodrome 33 hours and 30 minutes after leaving New York.
Live through Lindbergh's historic flight with this interactive map. Step through at your own pace (or step through at a real-time pace and see if you can stay awake!).