• Lindbergh's family came from Sweden, and his father changed the family name from Mansson to Lindbergh.
• Charles Lindbergh was born in 1902, and at three and a half, his family's house burned to the ground.
• Lindbergh entered school, but preferred to race motorcycles and tinker with mechanical things, so he dropped out of school for flying school.
• After some lessons at Ray Page's Flying School, Lindbergh became a barnstormer with Erold Bahl, wing walking and parachuting.
• Lindbergh's apprenticeship ended after he survived a double parachute jump.
• In a Jenny of his own, Lindbergh barnstormed some himself, but entered flight school in the Army Air Service Cadet program in order to get access to good planes and training.
• With backing from Harry Knight, Lindbergh had The Spirit of St. Louis built for $6,000, in order to compete for the Orteig prize.
• Lindbergh bucked conventional wisdom by building a...
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