Was Charles Lindbergh the First Person to Fly Across the Atlantic Ocean?

Many people think that Charles Lindbergh was the first person to fly an airplane across the Atlantic Ocean. But that’s not true.

In 1919, six U.S. Navy fliers crossed the ocean, stopping once in the Azores Islands. Later that year, two Englishmen flew across the ocean without stopping.

In all, 78 people crossed the Atlantic Ocean in an airplane before Charles Lindbergh did it in 1927.

Then why did Lindbergh become famous? Because he was the first person to fly across the Atlantic Ocean alone. He took off from Long Island, near New York City, and landed near Paris, France, after being in the air for 331/2 hours. Lindbergh covered 3,610 miles by himself!

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