Friday, October 13, 2017

AVIATION: How Much do you Know about Charles Lindbergh?

Besides some 'lil 'Ol Aeroplane flight that occurred 90 years ago...

Funny how I've never really been interested in the famed aviator Charles Lindbergh, with my only knowledge of him being that historic flight Across the Puddle and that his son Charles Jr. was Kidnapped and murdered in 1932. Which was even more spectacular than his historic flight!

As I'm ARSE-Sumin' everyone knows about his history making flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927, when his Spirit of St Louis Aeroplane was the first to successfully make the crossing from New York to Paris, netting Lindbergh a $25,000 prize.

Yet recently, during my spat 'O travels, I finished a fairly interesting CD Audiobook, albeit a tad longish, clocking in at 15 Discs titled Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh and America's fight over World War II 1939-41.

As the author was new to Mwah, and gave me insight upon not only the nation's overwhelming opposition towards going to war again, before the British Charm Offensive to join the Allies, and help Great Britain hold on and ultimately defeat Germany.

It also pointed out Franklin D. Roosevelt's staunch Interventionism stance, who secretly wished to support England and France before our involvement in WW II.

Along with FDR's loathing against Lindbergh, ultimately the leading Isolationist, and chief protagonist for America First.  When Lindbergh was as popular, or more so than FDR!

Whilst I also learned to my chagrin, that Lindbergh and his wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh, who's mother Elizabeth was a staunch Interventionist, making for lively dinner parties... ultimately had six children together.

As the book talks about the media crush against the Lindbergh's and their twin sons John and Land. And the exceedingly hostile and threatening mail they received due to Lindbergh's perceived Fascism.

Followed by their first daughter Anne, who apparently died in 1993. Another son Scott and the couple's youngest child, daughter Reeve.

As Anne was a controversial author, who's later works included the best selling 1955 Book Gift from the Sea, the nation's best selling nonfiction book that year, with now some three million plus copies sold.

As Anne set about repairing the Lindbergh reputation following the second Great War, aka World War II, for which hers was tarnished mightily with the publication of The Wave of the Future in 1940.

Yet as World War II dragged on, and Lindbergh was increasingly not at home, nor letting them know where he was, the couple grew distant.

While Lindbergh, now a war supporter toiled tirelessly on adventurous stints near and abroad as a Civilian Aviation Consultant, including clandestine war duty, ultimately flying 50 combat missions.

The book reveals briefly how Charles led a dual, secret life in his later years, beginning in 1957 and siring a further seven children in Europe with three different women.

While the book ends noting how now in his early 70's, and mainly indistinguishable with his white hair, Lindbergh would still take up his usual, secret station of hiding behind mannequin's at the Smithsonian museum as he stared overhead longingly at his prized possession...

While you may also wish to visit Messer Lindbergh's website at: Charles Augustus Lindbergh - Homepage