Lindbergh's Solo Flight

Lindbergh's Solo Flight (HM7EC)

Location: Americus, GA 31709 Sumter County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 6.59', W 84° 11.076'

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May 1923

The "Lone Eagle" first flew solo in early May, 1923 from Souther Field. Charles Lindbergh had come to Americus to purchase a surplus aircraft from the World War I training center. He chose a Curtiss JN4 "Jenny." He got the plane with a brand-new OX-5 engine, a fresh coat of olive drab dope, and an extra 20 gallon fuel tank for $500. Lindbergh had less than 20 hours instruction when he soloed. He practiced take-offs and landings for a week; then having filled up with forty gallons of gas, he set course for Montgomery, Alabama, to start his barnstorming career. Four years later Lindbergh flew alone in the "Spirit of St. Louis" from New York to Paris and into aviation history.
HM NumberHM7EC
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series, and the Markers Attached to Sculpture series.
Marker Number129-8
Year Placed1985
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 10:06am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 765658 N 3556081
Decimal Degrees32.10983333, -84.18460000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 6.59', W 84° 11.076'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 6' 35.40" N, 84° 11' 4.56" W
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Area Code(s)229
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1000-1002 Airport Rd, Americus GA 31709, US
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