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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on May 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Eagle of the USA, first transatlantic flight, , , , , May 20 in aviation history, , , songs, Spirit of St. Louis, , Wright Brothers   

    IT’S A BIRD, IT’S A PLANE….IT’S CHARLES LINDBERGH! 

    Taking off from my last post (where I left the Wright Brothers up in the air and me breezin’ along with the breeze), we come to May 20, a day second to none in aviation annals.*

    On this May day in 1927, Charles Lindbergh took off from New York for Paris in the Spirit of St. Louis (his monoplane), to begin the second (and most famous) nonstop transatlantic flight in history. Yes, I said second — the first was made by paired English aviators in 1919, from Newfoundland to Ireland (about half the distance of Lindbergh’s solo flight).

    On this date in 1932, Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland for Paris, but due to weather conditions, she had to ‘pull up’ short in Northern Ireland, nonetheless becoming the first woman to make a solo nonstop transatlantic flight.

    We now turn to the musical portion of the program. Faster than you can say “It’s a bird,” Lindbergh’s fame brought songwriters down from the clouds to cash in, hatching a flock of insipid pop songs. Not so with Earhart’s feat, not even a peep of a song….although her lost flight over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 did inspire a few songs that didn’t long survive.

    OK. If I had to eat crow in my last post, can I now soar like an eagle with these jazzed-up Lindberg hit tunes soaring over treacly lyrics:

    Ladies and gendermen, the Spirit of St. Louis is coming in for a landing — and if we’re Lucky, Lindy will be in the spirit for a rousing finish.

    *In addition to the Lindbergh and Earhart flights, May 20 was also the day Congress passed the Air Commerce Act licensing pilots and planes in 1926, and the date of the first regular transatlantic airmail flight (Pan Am, NYC to Marseille, France) in 1939.

     

     

     

     
    • scifihammy 9:59 am on May 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Very interesting – lots I didn’t know. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 11:10 am on May 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        This was an interesting piece to research, as I too learned a few things — in particular, that Lindberg’s wasn’t the first transatlantic flight, and that Earhart’s intended destination was Paris. I guess that puts me one up on Earhart, because I DID make it to Paris (with the minor caveat that I was on a bus and not alone). 😦

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    • arekhill1 12:13 pm on May 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Our local airport here in San Diego is named Lindbergh Field, Sr. Muse, which never fails to irritate my Jewish girl, since Lindbergh, besides being an air hero, was an anti-Semite with pro-Hitler leanings. Amelia Earhart made the wise choice to preserve her legacy intact by disappearing.

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      • mistermuse 12:46 pm on May 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Funny you should mention that, Ricardo, because I was going to use this funny clip, but couldn’t work it in. Your comment gives me the perfect excuse to do so now:

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    • Don Frankel 7:29 am on May 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Good stuff Muse. The first transatlantic flight was completed by U.S. Navy planes, the NC 1, NC 3 and NC 4 with NC 4 landing first. This was back in 1919. They were sea planes and stopped 5 times. I think what Lindbergh represented was you could fly across the Atlantic from New York to Paris in one jump. Meaning you could make money doing it.

      But since this is ‘It’s a bird. It’s a plane’ let us not forget…

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      • mistermuse 9:18 am on May 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don. I remember the Superman intro well. As a boy, it really stirred the imagination!

        In my research, I didn’t come across mention of the 1919 U.S. Navy transatlantic flight, probably because it wasn’t nonstop like the English flight the same year. But neither flight made near the impact that Lindbergh’s did in terms of fame and fortune.

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    • Don Frankel 12:29 pm on May 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Same as Alan Shepard Gus Grissom space flights didn’t capture the nation’s attention the way John Glenn’s did.

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    • Lisa R. Palmer 10:06 am on May 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Fascinating facts and music, mistermuse!

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    • mistermuse 12:44 pm on May 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Glad you enjoyed the post, Lisa. Appreciation is music to my ears! 🙂

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    • RMW 9:12 pm on May 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Having just flown from LA to London and back again within ten days I think May 6 and May 16 should be commemorated in the annals of flight from now on! It wasn’t easy drinking all that wine and watching all those movies!!!

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    • mistermuse 9:08 am on May 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      But look at the bright side, RMW — you got a ten day reprieve from Trump’s BS!

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    • moorezart 12:20 pm on June 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on May 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: airplane, as the crow flies, bicycles, Breezin' Along With The Breeze, , first flight, , , , , Wright Brothers   

    THE DAY THE WRIGHTS DONE ME WRONG 

    Where were you on the morning of December 17, 1903? If you had been on the beach at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, at 10:30 a.m., this is what you would have seen:

    As for yours truly, that’s too long ago to remember exactly where I was on that date, but wherever I was, I was most likely trying to think what I would write about when I learnt to write right….which brings me to my good friends, the Wright Brothers, who owned a bicycle shop right up the pike from me in Dayton, Ohio (about 50 miles as the crow flies).

    In those days, a fifty mile trip was no breeze (not even with a breeze, as a crow knows). The Wright Brothers offered to sell me a bicycle cheap, but, though the price was right, I couldn’t find a crow to take me to Dayton, and they wouldn’t deliver it (the bicycle, that is). So I told them to go fly a kiteplain and simple. Next thing I knew, they were off to Kitty Hawk to fly a light plane — almost, if not exactly, what my directive to them directed. So you see, by rights, I’m at least partly responsible for the first heavier-than-air flight in history, though never given credit. After that slight, needless to say, I no longer considered them friends.

    There you have it. The Wrights done me wrong, but am I bitter? No way — not this bird. I’m above that kind of pettinest. As you can plainly sees, I’m just….

    As they used to say back in the day, “That’s all she wrote.”

     
    • Don Frankel 9:29 am on May 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I read an excellent book on the Wright Brothers. I think it was by McCollough. One of the most amazing things in it was the Wright Brothers go back to Dayton, work on the plane and they’re flying it every day and no one takes much notice of it. It’s not till they pack the plane up take it to Paris and fly it around there that the world takes notice. But I digress. This is about people who have done others wrong and the ramifications there of.

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      • mistermuse 11:27 am on May 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Don, sometimes great minds do indeed think alike — and on the same day, too. Earlier this very morning I placed an order for two books, including David McCullough’s THE WRIGHT BROTHERS which I would have done some time ago, but for procrastination. Also, I was hoping to use the FRANKIE AND JOHNNY song (for the “done him wrong” lyric), but couldn’t fit it in. Great clip!

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    • lexborgia 2:31 am on May 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      The ‘cycle’ of life is like that.

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    • mistermuse 8:10 am on May 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Well said….or should I say, well spoke-n. 😦

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    • Silver Screenings 7:27 pm on June 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      An incredible achievement, of course, but in watching this again, it struck me that something else is remarkable: the way they filmed it. The filmmaker(s) really planned out the shots and gave us good angles. Aside from putting a camera on the plane, they’ve presented us with the best possible view of this historic event.

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      • mistermuse 9:00 pm on June 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Glad you appreciated this post….which leads me to believe you will also want to check out my next post, which is a follow-up to this one about the Wright Brothers. I’ll be posting it in about 3 hours. Enjoy!

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