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The Golden Age of Aviation saw so many record-breaking flights take to the sky. One of the most famous of those daring flights was the very first- ever nonstop transatlantic flight flown by Charles Lindbergh in the Ryan Monoplane, Spirit of St. Louis . May 20 to the 21, 1927, Lindbergh would make the first-ever nonstop transatlantic flight from New York to Paris and would ultimately be over 3,600 miles long and would take him approximately 33 hours and 29 minutes. The plane was designed to encapsulate the pilot in it and extra, bigger, fuel tanks would take the place of a window cockpit. Lindbergh would also add a periscope so that he could see outside of the air - craft. "He ordered a modified Ryan M-1 mail plane and one 223-horsepower Wright J-5C Whirlwind radial engine. An additional fuel tank installed in front of the cockpit blocked forward vision, so he added a periscope to his cabin equipment." (Millbrooke, A. (n.d.). Golden Age. In Aviation History (12th ed., p. 6). Jeppesen).

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