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LUCKEY LINDBERGH LANDING ON THIS DAY


On May 21, 1927, 25 year old Charles Lindbergh landed in Paris’
Le Bourget Field at 10:22 p.m. local time, completing the first solo,
nonstop transatlantic flight. Aboard The Spirit of St. Louis, Lindbergh flew from New York to Paris in a span of 33 ½ hours. He was greeted
in Europe by a large crowd of up to 100,000.

 

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Charles Augustus Lindbergh
(February 4, 1902 – August 26, 1974)

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SPY PLANE SHOT DOWN BY RUSSIA IN 1990

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The wreckage of Francis Gary Powers’ U-2 spy plane
(top/bottom) on May 1, 1960.

An American U-2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers was
shot down while conducting espionage over the
Soviet Union.

The incident derailed an important summit meeting between
President
Dwight D. Eisenhower
and Soviet leader Nikita
Khrushchev
that was scheduled for later that month.   
     

    
    
    
 

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After being shot down, Powers (right) appeared in the dock
of the Supreme Court of the U.S.S.R. and was tried by the
Soviet Military Board on August 19, 1960.

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Francis Gary Powers holds a model of a U-2 spy plane as he testifies before the U.S.  Senate Armed Services Committee
after his release from Soviet prison in march 1962.

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Francis Gary Powers (August 17, 1929 – August 1, 1977)


Powers was piloting a helicopter for Los Angeles TV station
KNBC Channel 4 over the San Fernando Valley on August 1,
1977, when the aircraft crashed, killing him and his cameraman
George Spears.

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THE DOOLITTLE RAID ON THIS DAY IN 1942

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On April 18, 1942, 16 American B-25 bombers, launched from the
aircraft carrier USS Hornet 650 miles east of Japan and commanded
by Lieutenant Colonel
James H. Doolittle, attack the Japanese
mainland.

The now-famous Tokyo Raid did little real damage to Japan (wartime Premier Hideki Tojo was inspecting military bases during the raid;
one B-25 came so close, Tojo could see the pilot, though the
American bomber never fired a shot)–but it did hurt the Japanese government’s prestige. Believing the air raid had been launched
from Midway Island, approval was given to Admiral Isoroku
Yamamoto’s plans for an attack on Midway–which would also
damage Japanese “prestige.” Doolittle eventually received the
Medal of Honor.

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James Harold Doolittle
(December 14, 1896 – September 27, 1993)

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REMEMBERING THIS MORNING TV SERIES

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The Songbird. a twin-engine Cessna T-50 .


The television version (NBC/ABC) starred
Kirby Grant as Schuyler 
“Sky” King, an Arizona rancher and airplane pilot, with
Gloria
Winters
as his niece Penny and Sky’s nephew Clipper, played by
Ron Hagerty


The series had strong Western elements, King usually captured
criminals and spies and found lost hikers, though he did so with
the use of his airplane, the Songbird.
 

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From left: Kirgy Grant,Gloria Winters and Ron Hagerty.

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Original Release: September 16, 1951 – March 8, 1959.

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During production of the series.

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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10 Fascinating Facts About Charles Lindbergh - HISTORY

THE NEWS HEADLINE ON THIS DAY IN 1932 | PDX RETRO
Charles Augustus Lindbergh
(February 4, 1902 – August 26, 1974)

Lindbergh's Path to Glory and Everlasting Fame

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