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PICTURE 1 Charles Augustus Lindbergh, known as "Lucky Lindy" and "The Lone Eagle," was an American pilot famous for the first solo, non-stop flight across the Atlantic, from Roosevelt Field, Long Island to Paris in 1927 in the "Spirit of St. Louis." It was for this flight that Lindbergh became the world's best-known aviator. As World War II began in Europe, Lindbergh became a prominent speaker in favor of non-intervention, going so far as to recommend that the United States negotiate a neutrality pact with Germany during his 23 January 1941 testimony before Congress. He joined the antiwar America First Committee and soon became its most prominent public spokesman, speaking to overflow crowds in Madison Square Garden in New York City and Soldier Field in Chicago.Yet even with all his reservations, after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Lindbergh attempted to return to the Army Air Corps. He was denied however when several of Roosevelt's cabinet secretaries objected. Wanting to do his part, he flew in over 50 combat missions against Japan as a civilian.
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