Saturday, March 19, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: March 19

March 19, 1924 – Minnesota aviator Charles Lindbergh enlisted in the Army on this date.

“On March 19, 1924, I enlisted in the Army. On that day, I became Cadet Lindbergh.”

By the summer of 1923, Lindbergh was beginning to have his doubts about the brainstorming life, with its underpowered war-surplus airplanes and constant scraping for dollars. Becoming an air cadet in the Army had its attraction.

“Think of zooming through the sky on the power of four hundred horses! Think of flying always on freshly covered wings with new and drum-tight fabric! An Army pilot…didn’t have to worry about the cost of repairs or gasoline. The government paid for that…Of course when you joined the Army you lost the independence of a barnstorming pilot…You might gain freedom from financial worries, but didn’t you have to follow orders all the time?”

The Spirit of St. Louis

Plaque located in Lindbergh Museum, Little Falls, Minn. 

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson


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