Lindbergh, Collie, and Me
Produced by Jay Allison
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On the night of May 21, 1927, Charles Augustus Lindbergh landed at Le
Bourget Field in Paris. He'd taken off from Roosevelt Field in New York 33
hours and 30 minutes before, with only a few sandwiches to keep him going.
Lindbergh flew through clouds, storms and ice, fighting off sleep as he
crossed the Atlantic in the single engine monoplane. He named his plane The
Spirit of St. Louis, in honor of the group of St. Louis businessmen who'd
financed him to compete for the $25,000 prize offered to the first person to
fly nonstop from New York to Paris.
Alexandra "Xandra" Kalman circa 1925. Witness to Charles Lindbergh's
historic landing in Paris May 21, 1927.
He became an international hero as he stepped on the field to a cheering
crowd of 100,000 that night outside Paris. Joining the throngs gathered at
Le Bourget to greet him was an excited young woman from Minnesota named
Xandra Kalman, vacationing in Paris with her husband. Years later, she
recorded her reminiscences of that historic day, which her step-grandson,
Mark Orton of Stony Brook, New York, offered to our Quest for Sound.
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