CHARLES LINDBERGH—NOV. 14, 1927
Posted on 05 January 2021
Charles Lindbergh receives his medal from President Calvin Coolidge.
Lindbergh also demonstrated his profound admiration for the Wrights by his agreement to move his famous monoplane, the Spirit of St. Louis, to make room in the Smithsonian for the arrival of the 1903 Wright Flyer when the Flyer was finally returned to the U.S. from the London Science Museum in 1948.
“In honoring the Wright brothers, it is customary and proper to recognize their contribution to scientific progress. But I believe it is equally important to emphasize the qualities in their pioneering life and the character in man that such a life produced. The Wright brothers balanced success with modesty, science with simplicity. At Kitty Hawk their intellects and senses worked in mutual support. They represented man in balance, and from that balance came wings to lift a world.”
During Lindbergh's visit with Orville at Hawthorn Hill a crowd gathered on the lawn outside to sneak a peak at the famous aviator. Lindbergh briefly stepped out onto a balcony to greet the crowd. The only known photograph of the event, taken by William Preston Mayfield, captures the crowd waving toward the balcony. But the angle the photo is taken from does not reveal Lindbergh himself.