Sunday, July 12, 2009

Charles Lindbergh over Flint 1927

This was the factory on Industrial Avenue, just south of the Buick complex that supplied the spark plugs for Lindbergh.
A 1913 view of the Champion Ignition Company. This would become simply A.C. in the very near future. Just like with Billy Durant and Louis Chevrolet the same thing happened with Albert Champion and his name. That is the W.F. Stewart factory #3 at the right. The water tower in the background is at the Buick plant.

Charles Augustus Lindbergh was born on Feb. 4, 1902, in Detroit. He made the first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean on May 20-21, 1927. In 1919, a New York City hotel owner named Raymond Orteig offered $25,000 to the first aviator to fly nonstop from New York to Paris.
On a goodwill (cross country) flight after his return from France, one important fly over was the A.C. plant located adjacent to the Buick factory in Flint, Michigan. The spark plugs used in the "Spirit Of St. Louis" were from the plant in Flint. The photo at bottom taken August 12, 1927 shows just the Buick factories. A.C. was located just out of sight at the left of this picture. Lindbergh passed away in 1974.

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