On 21st May 2007 it will be 80 years since the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris and accomplished by probably the most famous aviator of all time. ...Charles Lindberg departed Roosevelt Field on Long Island and flew his Ryan monoplane "Spirit of St. Louis" alone and without an autopilot for 33hrs. 30mins. to reach his planned destination of Le Bourget, Paris. Amongst the many difficulties he overcame, not the least was having no forward facing windows in his aircraft. ...He used a periscope to see forwards!!!
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Well anyway I wondered if anyone heard of any celebrations for the 80th anniversary??? ... Last summer I heard Diamond Aircraft were going to try an recreate the flight with a diesel powered Diamond Star DA40, but I haven't heard anymore on that since???