Aviation Pioneers

Charles Lindbergh

Charles Lindbergh was born on February 2, 1902, in Detroit, Michigan. He dropped out of college to begin a career as barnstormer and mail delivery pilot. When the Orteig Prize was announced as a reward for the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, Lindbergh set out to win it. He first approached Sicilian plane Read More…

otto lilienthal
Aviation Pioneers

Otto Lilienthal

Many kids and teens are interested in flying, and some even get in trouble with their parents for trying to put their plans into motion. But Otto Lilienthal, considered by many to be the first true aviator, started building flying machines with his brother as a teen—and he never stopped. Born in Pomerania, Germany, in Read More…