This is a 1960’s era, black and white episode of the TV show “Biography” highlighting the many achievements and travails of Charles Augustus Lindbergh. Most of the footage is from the 1920’s and 30’s. The film opens with shots of a smiling Charles Lindbergh on the tarmac. News footage shows Charles Lindbergh dressed in a suit. A sketch of Charles Lindberg, 1:00. Mike Wallace hosts: Biography. Wallace speaks to the camera 1:30. 1920s footage of biplanes — aircraft attempting to win the Orteig Prize by flying across the Atlantic non-stop. 2:00. Champagne is broken across propeller of a plane 2:09. Many planes are trying to prepare to make the trip from NY to Paris 2:15. Several planes crash and burn 2:30. On May 12, 1927 a single-engine plane lands at Curtis field and the pilot Charles Lindbergh announces he will attempt the trip 2:40. Adm. Richard Bird and Clarence Chamberlain have more powerful airplanes and are waiting for break in the weather to make their own trips 3:10. The men shake hands. Charles Lindbergh and his mother 3:22. New York to Paris flight banner held in front of the Spirit of St. Louis 3:35. May 20, 1927 he decides to gamble on a break in the weather 3:45. The plane is filled with gas 3:57. At 7:45 a.m. Lindbergh’s heavily laden plane takes off 4:20 and heads out over the water 5:00. Image of Charles Lindbergh Sr. 5:20. Early photos of the aviator Charles Lindbergh 5:42. He was a stunt pilot in 1923. Daredevils hang from planes 6:12. A ceremony at Lambert field when air mail service was launched between St. Louis and Chicago 6:20. May 21, 1927, Lindbergh reaches Ireland 7:27. Shortly after 10 p.m. Lindbergh arrives in France in only 33 hours 7:55. May 22 Lindbergh is lauded in the streets of France 8:25. Lindbergh returns to the US aboard the cruiser USS Memphis 8:55. Lindbergh arrives in Washington to a parade through the capital 9:15. He is awarded the Flying Cross by Pres. Calvin Coolidge. Lindbergh is welcomed by throngs in New York 9:45. Ticker tape parade. Lindbergh tours the nation. In 1929, Lindbergh is one of the most famous men in the world. He starts dating Anne Morrow 11:35. Lindbergh and Morrow fly together 12:31. Charles Junior is born 13:06. On March 1, 1932 their infant son is kidnapped 13:20. Manhunt ensues 13:28. Dr. John F Condon is contacted by the kidnappers 13:50. A Bronx cemetery is the place for a $50,000 ransom drop 13:58. Eight weeks after the kidnapping, a shallow grave is found near the Lindbergh home 14:19. Two years later the kidnapper is captured and the Lindbergh’s relive the nightmare at the trial 14:40. Bruno Richard Hauptmann, a carpenter, is the accused kidnapper 14:45. The Hauptmann trial opens in a carnival atmosphere 15:00. Crowds rush the courthouse in Flemington New Jersey 15:10. The judge, attorneys, and jury become famous 15:23. Evidence is presented against Hauptmann; the ladder, his handwriting sample, the money found in his home 15:46. Dr. John Condon takes the stand 16:00. Cross-examination of Bruno Hauptmann 17:00. February 13, 1935 the jury finds Hauptmann guilty and sentences him to death 17:31. The Lindbergh’s flee the United States 17:50. Lindbergh accepts an invitation from Hitler’s Germany to inspect their progress in aviation 18:00. German airfield is shown 18:40. Back in the USA, Lindbergh encourages isolationism 19:05. Wendell Willkie speaks out against Lindbergh 20:15. The debate ends on December 7, 1941 after the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor 21:45. Lindbergh becomes a test pilot under wartime conditions 22:15. He flies, unapproved, in over 50 combat missions 22:30. In 1954 he is recognized and becomes an Air Force Brigadier General, 22:46. Supersonic planes fly overhead 23:30. Dawn of the space age 24:04. A rocket takes off. A plane soars through the clouds 24:37. A Wolper production. Distributed by Official Films, produced in Hollywood.
Charles Augustus Lindbergh was an American aviator, military officer, author, inventor, and activist. At the age of 25 in 1927, he made a nonstop flight from New York to Paris. Lindbergh covered the 33 1⁄2-hour, 3,600-mile flight alone in a purpose-built, single-engine Ryan monoplane, the Spirit of St. Louis. Although not the first non-stop transatlantic flight, this was the first solo transatlantic flight and the longest transatlantic flight by almost 2,000 miles.
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