A gripping and unique "in-the-cockpit" account of Charles Lindbergh’s extraordinary first transatlantic flight from New York to Paris, by acclaimed aviation historian (Viper Pilot, Lords of the Sky) and former fighter pilot Dan Hampton—"one of the most decorated pilots in Air Force history" (New York Post).America’s finest aviation story in the hands of our finest aviation historian, The Flight is Dan Hampton’s biggest, most dramatic book yet.On the morning of May 20, 1927, a little known pilot named Charles Lindbergh waited to take off from Roosevelt Field on Long Island. He was determined to claim the $25,000 Orteig Prize promised to the first pilot to fly nonstop from New York to Paris—a contest that had already claimed six men’s lives. Just twenty-five years old, Lindbergh had never before flown over water. Yet thirty-three hours later, his single-engine monoplane, The Spirit of St. Louis, touched down in Paris. Overnight, Charles Lindbergh became the most famous aviator of all time.The Flight is a long overdue, flyer’s-eye-view look at Lindbergh’s legendary journey. Decorated fighter pilot and bestselling author Dan Hampton offers a unique appreciation for Lindbergh’s accomplishment: Hampton has flown the exact same route many times, knowledge that informs and shapes The Flight. Relying upon a trove of primary sources, including Lindbergh’s own personal diary and writings, Hampton crafts a dramatic narrative of a challenging, death-defying feat that many had believed was impossible.Moving hour by hour, Hampton recounts Lindbergh’s uncertainty over his equipment and his courage as he traverses the vast darkness of the Atlantic with no radar. Moving between the sky and ground, Hampton intersperses the tale of the flight with Lindbergh’s personal history as well as some of the stories of those waiting for him on the ground, praying he would make it safely across.
The Flight Review
- February 16, 2017KerryIf you are a fan of David McCullough you will enjoy this history of Charles Lindbergh's flight in the Spirit of St. Louis. Hampton is a pilot and his descriptions of the plane and the flight are fascinating and detailed. The flight itself is, in turn, thrilling, frightening and filled with unexpected beauty: the first landfall and the approach to Paris surprisingly emotional. We also come to understand better the man and his times and the way this flight help inspire the future.more
- May 15, 2017Pete HessertJust finished "The Flight" by Dan Hampton.Wow! You know the outcome already but I found myself cheering Lindbergh on to the finish. I was concerned for his every action and if it would impact the result.I found myself smiling and telling myself that he'll be fine.As a pilot or just an aviation enthusiast or even a history buff, you will be amazed at this journey through the eyes of another pilot. Perspective and views of aviation not thought about before during this historic "Flight" come alive. Just finished "The Flight" by Dan Hampton.Wow! You know the outcome already but I found myself cheering Lindbergh on to the finish. I was concerned for his every action and if it would impact the result.I found myself smiling and telling myself that he'll be fine.As a pilot or just an aviation enthusiast or even a history buff, you will be amazed at this journey through the eyes of another pilot. Perspective and views of aviation not thought about before during this historic "Flight" come alive.Hampton brings this sensationalized event down to aviation basics...needle, ball, and airspeed...for 33 hours+ and includes many historical events to interest the reader.Definitely recommend!more
- May 30, 2017Peter LLucky Lindy First to Fly from NYC to ParisDan Hampton's riveting hour by hour account of how Lindbergh was successful when others died trying to be first. The book is best when detailing the flight moment by moment, but not so successful when summarizing what the 1920s were like.more
- May 22, 2017SteveInteresting book on the first non stop transatlantic flight. On May 20, 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first person to successfully fly nonstop from New York to Paris, a feat that has been attempted but many died trying it. This became one of the most remarkable events in aviation history.more
- May 30, 2017MaryClear, fast-moving and in many ways new re-telling of history that never gets old for me. My mom used to tell of the reaction to the flight, and my dad was always interested in the political aspects.. Thanks for a really good "story."
- May 24, 2017AliceI was fortunate enough to win this book in a giveaway. I enjoyed reading this book . Highly recommend !!
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