Bader Field 1927, Col. Lindbergh touched down during his three-month tour of America's 48 states.
In a seemingly commonplace scene, a small plane circled in the air over Atlantc City’s Bader Field and prepared to land on Oct. 19, 1927.
On the ground, the scene was anything but ordinary as a sense of excitement grew. A crowd of about 5,000 craned their necks skyward for the arrival of a national hero: Col. Charles A. Lindbergh and his Spirit of St. Louis.
Five months earlier, Lindbergh had made aviation history with the first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, traveling from Roosevelt Field on Long Island, N.Y., to Le Bourget airport in Paris. He flew 3,610 miles in 33 hours and 30 minutes.
If that flight were a sprint, Lindbergh was now involved in a marathon. The 25-year-old aviator and his airplane were wrapping up a three-month tour that would take him to all 48 states in the union.
Lindbergh would visit 92 cities, deliver 147 speeches and ride an estimated 1,290 miles in parades between July 20 and Oct. 23, 1927.
In Atlantic City, Lindbergh maneuvered his plane to a perfect landing on the rain-soaked airfield after a two-hour flight from Baltimore.
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