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Guggenheim Tour—48 states, visited 92 cities,...

Guggenheim Tour Map
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Before Charles Lindbergh left for Paris, Harry Guggenheim, a North Shore multimillionaire and aviation enthusiast, visited him at Curtiss Field. "When you get back from your flight, look me up," said Guggenheim, who later admitted he didn't think there was much chance Lindbergh would survive the trip.

Lindbergh remembered and did call upon his return. It was the beginning of a friendship that would have a profound impact on the development of aviation in the United States. The two decided Lindbergh would make a three-month tour of the United States, paid for by a fund Harry and his father, Daniel, had set up earlier to encourage aviation-related research.

Daniel Guggenheim Fund sponsored Lindbergh on a three month nation-wide tour. Flying the "Spirit of St. Louis," he touched down in 48 states, visited 92 cities, gave 147 speeches, and rode 1,290 miles in parades.

"Lindbergh was seen by literally millions of people as he flew around the country," said Richard P. Hallion, historian for the Air Force and the author of a book on the Guggenheims. "Airmail usage exploded overnight as a result," and the public began to view airplanes as a viable means of travel.

In addition, Lindbergh spent a month at Guggenheim's Sands Point mansion, Falaise, while writing "We," his best-selling 1927 account of his trip.

July 20, 1927 to October 23, 1927
Click to Enlarge Harry Guggenheim and Charles Lindbergh
This Picture appears in Richard P. Hallion's Legacy of Flight and lists left to right: Prof Alexander Kleim, NYU Army test pilot Lt Stanley Umstead; Admiral Cone; Harry Guggenheim (looking at circling airplane); Charles Lindbergh; test pilot Thomas Carroll; Army field manager Capt. Walter Bender; F.K. Teichmann, NYU.

The tour of the United States, starting at Mitchel Field, Long Island, New York, July 20, 1927, and ending at Mitchel Field on October 23, 1927, was sponsored by the Daniel Guggenheim Fund for the Promotion of Aeronautics. The excessive time spent in flying between many of the cities visited on his tour was caused by requests from other cities whose inhabitants wished to see the Spirit of St. Louis circle overhead. Also extra time was usually allowed for the possibility of encountering head winds and having to detour weather areas en route. On several occasions, long "exploration" detours were made over interesting portions of the country. The tour consumed 260 hours and 45 minutes of flying time, and covered about 22,000 miles. Eighty-two stops were made. The Spirit of St. Louis arrived late only once (at Portland, Maine, because of fog).

Spirit of St. Louis Flight Log while on the Guggenheim Tour

The following Guggenheim Tour flight log is from the book, "The Spirit of St. Louis", by Charles Lindbergh, 1953. Please visit the Spirit Log Web page to view the complete flight log of the Spirit of St. Louis.

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Thousands of pictures were taken of Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis after he returned to the U.S. and then toured the States, Canada, and Central America. Please email a copy of any pictures or images you may have regarding one of the dates below. Thousands of pictures and memorabilia items are likely gathering dust in attics and basements across the country. Email webmaster@charleslindbergh.com and include the credit line you would like me to use.

Date
Flight Information
Hours
Pictures
July 20, 1927 Mitchel Field, L.L., to Hartford, Connecticut

(Flew via Niantic, Conn.)

1 hr. 35 min.
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July 21, 1927 Hartford to Providence, Rhode Island

(Flew via Springfield, Mass.)

1 hr. 35 min.
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July 22, 1927 Providence to Boston, Massachusetts

(Flew via Bristol, Conn.; Pawtucket, Woonsocket, R.I.; Worcester, Mass.)

1 hr. 35 min.
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July 23, 1927 Boston to Concord, New Hampshire

(Flew via Lynn, Lowell, Mass.; Nashua, N.H.; Portland, Me. Circled vicinity of Portland for two and a half hours, in fog, attempting to find flying field.)

5 hrs. 00 min.
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July 24, 1927 Concord, NH to Portland, Maine

(Circled vicinity of Portland for one and half hours, in fog, hunting for flying field. Finally landed on Orchard Beach.)

2 hrs. 45 min.
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July 25, 1927 Orchard Beach to Portland Airport

(Flew via Portland)

Portland to Concord, NH: (Flew via South Poland, ME; Mt. Hope, White Mountains, Lake Winnipesauke, Manchester, NH.)

0 hrs. 30 min.
2 hrs. 20 min.

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July 26, 1927 Concord to Springfield, Vermont

(Flew via Lebanon, Hanover, N.H.; Rutland, Vt.; Claremont, N.H.)

2 hrs. 10 min.


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James Hartness and Charles Lindbergh. In 1914 Hartness was awarded a pilot's license - in a Wright Biplane. He was one of the first 100 pilots in America. As an aviator he became acquainted with Charles Lindbergh and was instrumental in having Lindbergh land at Springfield's airport (now Hartness Airport) in 1927 after his trans-Atlantic flight. Lindbergh was Hartness' house guest and stayed in the room now bearing his name. Click to Enlarge
July 27, 1927 Springfield to Albany, N.Y.

(Flew via Plymouth, Vt.; Kenne, N.H.; Brattleboro, Bennington, Vt.; Catskill Mountains, N.Y.)

2 hrs. 45 min.
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July 28, 1927 Albany to Schenectady, N.Y.

(Flew via Troy, Glen Falls, Lake George, N.Y)

Schenectady to Syracuse, N.Y.

(Flew via Little Falls, Utica, Rome, N.Y.)

1 hr. 45 min.
2 hrs. 15 min.

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July 29, 1927 Syracuse to Rochester, N.Y.

Rochester to Buffalo, N.Y.

(Few via Batavia, Lockport, Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Niagara Falls, Ont.)

1 hr. 15 min.
2 hrs. 00 min.

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August 1, 1927 Buffalo to Cleveland, Ohio

(Flew via Jamestown, Chattauqua, N.Y.; Erie, Pa.)

2 hrs. 15 min.


The following pictures were provided by William F. Brown, III. They were discovered in his grandmother's house. The writing on the back looks similar to his grandfather (who died in 1932), however, William does not know if family members lived in or visited Cleveland, Ohio. The


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August 3, 1927 Cleveland to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

(Flew via Gates Mills, Akron, Massillon, Canton. Alliance, Youngstown, Ohio; Newcastle, Pa.)

2 hrs. 30 min.
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August 4, 1927 Pittsburgh to Wheeling, West Virginia

(Flew via East Liverpool, Steubenville, Ohio)

1 hr. 45 min.
Lindbergh Lands In Moundsville
August 5, 1927 Wheeling to McCook Field, Dayton, Ohio

(Flew via Columbus, Ohio)

McCook Field to Vilbur Wright Field

Wilbur Wright Field to McCook Field

2 hrs. 25 min.
0 hrs. 10 min.
0 hrs. 15 min.

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The photo is courtesty of the Columbus Historical Society. Likley a picture of the Spirit of St. Louis being serviced at Norton Field.
August 6, 1927 McCook Field, Dayton, to Cincinnati, Ohio

(Flew via Franklin, Middletown, Hamilton, Ohio).

1 hr. 15 min.

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This photo was taken by Susan Moreton Birky father, Harry Moreton, when he was 17 years old. Donated by his daughter, Susan Moreton Birky
August 8, 1927 Cincinnati to Louisville, Kentucky

(Flew via Lawrenceburg, Aurora, Rising Sun, Vevay, Inc.)

Lietenant Philip R. Love piloted the Spirit of St. Louis on one flight in the vicinity of the field

1 hr. 35 min.
0 hrs. 10 min.
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August 9, 1927 Louisville to Indianpolis, Indiana

(Flew via Camp Knox, Ky.)

2 hrs. 25 min.
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August 10, 1927 Indianapolis to Ford Airport, Detroit, Michigan

(Flew via Kokomo, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Toledo, Ohio).

4 hrs. 10 min.
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August 11, 1927 Ford Airport

One flight, carrying Henry Ford (This was Henry Ford's first flight in an airplane.)

One flight, carrying Edsel Ford

0 hrs. 10 min.
0 hrs. 10 min.
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August 12, 1927 Ford Airport, Detroit, to Grand Rapids, Mich.

(Flew via Saginaw, Lansing, Ionia, Mich.)

One flight, carrying Mother

2 hrs. 05 min.
0 hrs. 20 min.
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August 13, 1927 Grand Rapids to Chicago, Illinois

(Flew via Kalamazoo, Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, Mich.)

2 hrs. 15 min.
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August 15, 1927 Chicago to Springfield, Ill.

(Flew via Moosehart, Aurora, Joliet, Peoria, Ill). Springfield to St. Louis, Mo.

2 hrs. 35 min.

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Lindbergh standing next to "his" 1927 LaSalle roadster in St. Louis in August 1927. From newspaper accounts, I understand that he was picked up in "his roadster" by the manager of Lambert Field upon his arrival on August 15, 1927.
Source; Richard Stanley
August 17, 1927 St. Louis to Kansas City, Mo.

(Flew via Chamois, Jefferson City, Mo.)

3 hrs. 45 min.
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August 18, 1927 Kansas City to Wichita, Kansas

(Flew via Osawatomie, St. Scott, Girard, Chanute, Kan.)

3 hrs. 15 min.
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August 19, 1927 Wichita to St. Joseph, Mo.

(Flew via Junction City, Ft. Riley, Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.)

St. Joseph to Moline Airport, Tri-Cities

(Flew via Ottumwa, Muscatine, Ia.)

3 hrs. 10 min.
3 hrs. 30 min.
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August 20, 1927 Moline Airport to Milwaukee, Wisconsin

(Flew via Dixon, Rockford, Ill.; Beloit, Wis.)

2 hrs. 35 min.

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The following pictures were provided by Christopher Strauss of his grandfather, E. H. "Buck" Leighton. He believes the pictures were taken in Milwaukee where Buck managed the airport.


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August 22, 1927 Milwaukee to Madison, Wis.

(Flew via Waukesha, Fond du Lac, Oshkosh, Wis.)

2 hrs. 50 min.
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August 23, 1927 Madison to Minneapolis, Minnesota

(Flew via Portage, La Crosse, Wis.; Winona, Red Wing, Minn.)

4 hrs. 00 min.



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Charles Lindbergh, appearing in Minneapolis with pilot Jimmy Wright, and associates"

August 25, 1927 Minneapolis to Little Falls, Minn.

(Flew via Savage, Shakopee, St. Cloud, Melrose, Sauk Center, Minn.)

2 hrs. 20 min.




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August 26, 1927 Little Falls to Fargo, North Dakota

(Flew via Lake Itasca, Minn.)

2 hrs. 50 min.

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August 27, 1927 Fargo to Sioux Falls, South Dakota

(Flew via Aberdeen, Redfirld, Huron, Mitchell, S.D.)

Sioux Falls to Sioux City, Iowa

4 hrs. 30 min.
1 hr. 15 min.

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August 29, 1927 Sioux City to Des Moines, Iowa

(Flew via Battle Creek, Ia.)

2 hrs. 20 min.
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August 30, 1927 Des Moines to Omaha, Nebraska

(Flew via Ft. Des Moines, Ia.)

2 hrs. 00 min.
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August 31, 1927 Omaha to Denver, Colorado

(Flew via Columbus, Lincoln, Hastings, Kearney, Lexington, McCook, Neb.; Bird City, Kan.; Imperial, Neb.)

7 hrs. 45 min.
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September 1, 1927 Denver to Pierre, S.D.

(Flew via Rocky Mountain National Park, Long's Peak, Creeley, Col.; Scotts Bluff, Neb.)

6 hrs. 35 min.

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Henrietta Paine Picture Story

September 2, 1927 Pierre to Cheyenne, Wyoming

(Flew via Philip, Hermosa, President Coolidge's summer home, Rapid City, Spearfish, Deadwood, S.D.)

5 hrs. 30 min.
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September 3, 1927 Cheyenne to Salt Lake City, Utah

(Flew via Laramie, Parco, Rawlins, Wy.; Craig, Col.; Mt. Pleasant, Ut. Took plane up to 19,800 feet indicated altitude, en route.)

7 hrs. 35 min.
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September 4, 1927 Salt Lake City to Boise, Idaho

(Flew via Bingham, Ogden, Ut.; Oakley, Twin Falls, Id.)

4 hrs. 30 min.
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September 5, 1927 Boise to Butte, Montana 3 hrs. 35 min.
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September 6, 1927 Butte to Helena, Mont.

(Flew via Swan Lake Camp, Highgate, Mt. Cleveland, Glacier National Park, Blackfoot, Sweetgrass, Mon.; Milk River, Alb.; Great Falls, Mon.)

6 hrs. 45 min.

Lindbergh landed in Helena

September 7, 1927 Helena to Butte, Mon.

(Flew via Billings, Mon.; Yellowstone Lake, Old Faithful Geyser, Wy.)

6 hrs. 05 min.
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September 12, 1927 Butte to Spokane, Washington

(Flew via Anaconda, Bonner, Missoula, Mon.; Wallace, Id.)

3 hrs. 50 min.

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Picture was taken in Spokane Washington in September, 1927. My Grandfather worked for Standard Oil in the area and filled the palne with fuel. -Ron Beasley

September 13, 1927 Spokane to Seattle, Wash.

(Flew via Walla Walla, Pasco, Yakina, Renton, Wash.)

5 hrs. 15 min.

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Seattle Story >>

September 14, 1927 Seattle to Portland, Oregon

(Flew via Tacoma, Ft. Lewis, Olympia, Aberdeen, Centralia, Chehalis, Home Valley, Wash.)

4 hrs. 45 min.
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September 16, 1927 Portland to San Francisco, Cal.

(Flew via Vancouver, Wash.; Silverton, Chemawa, Salem, Corvallis, Eugene, Crater Lake, Medford, Ore.; Mt. Shasta's Peak, Anderson, Red Bluff, Cal.)

One flight, around Mills Field

7 hrs. 05 min.
0 hrs. 05 min.
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September 17, 1927 San Francisco to Oakland, Cal.

(Flew via Mt. Tamalpais; Golden Gate.)

Oakland to Sacramento, Cal.

(Flew via Livermore, Lathrop, Stockton, Cal.)

1 hr. 25 min.
1 hr. 35 min.

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September 19, 1927 Sacramento to Reno, Nevada

(Flew via Livermore, Cal.)

3 hrs. 35 min.
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September 20, 1927 Reno to Los Angeles, Cal.

(Flew via Carson City, Nev.; Yosemite Park, Death Valley, Cal.)

7 hrs. 00 min.
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September 21, 1927 Los Angeles to San Diego, Cal.

(Flew via Pomona, Cal.)

2 hrs. 25 min.
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September 23, 1927 One flight, carrying B. Franklin Mahoney

San Diego to Tucson, Arizona

(Flew via El Centro, Cal.; Mexicali, Mexico; Yuma, Ariz.)

0 hrs. 05 min.
5 hrs. 05 min.
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September 24, 1927 Tucson to Lordsburg, New Mexico

(Flew via Silver City, Ft. Bayard, N.M.)

Lordsburg to El Paso, Texas

(Flew via Chihuahua, Mexico.)

3 hrs. 10 min.
2 hrs. 25 min.
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September 25, 1927 El Paso to Santa Fe, New Mexico

(Flew via Las Cruces, Albuquerque, N.M.)

4 hrs. 05 min.
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September 26, 1927 Santa Fe to Abilene, Tex.

(Flew via Crosbyton, Roaring Springs, Stamford, Tex.)

Abilene to Ft. Worth, Tex.

(Flew via Jacksboro, Bridgeport, Tex.)

5 hrs. 45 min.
2 hrs. 50 min.
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September 27, 1927 Fort Worth to Dallas, Tex.

(Flew via Alvarado, Hillsboro, Waxahachie, Tex.)

2 hrs. 00 min.
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September 28, 1927 Dallas to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

(Flew via Denton, Tex.; Ardmore, Sulphur, Pauls Valley, Okla.)

3 hrs. 00 min.
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September 30, 1927 One flight, carrying Donald E. Keyhoe

Oklahoma City to Tulsa, Okla.

(Flew via Stillwater, Pawhuska, Okla.)

0 hrs. 05 min.
2 hrs. 35 min.
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October 1, 1927 Tulsa to Muskogee, Okla.

Muskogee to Little Rock, Arkansas

(Flew via Ft. Smith, Van Buren, Booneville, Ark.)

1 hr. 00 min.
2 hrs. 40 min.
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October 3, 1927 Little Rock to Memphis, Tennessee

(Flew via Pine Bluff, Helena, Ark.)

3 hrs. 00 min.
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October 4, 1927 One flight, carrying Earl C. Thompson 0 hrs. 25 min.
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October 5, 1927 Memphis to Chattanooga, Tenn.

(Flew via Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, Tuscumbia, Ala.)

Chattanooga to Birmingham, Alabamam

4 hrs. 40 min.
2 hrs. 30 min.
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October 7, 1927 Birmingham to Jackson, Mississippi

(Flew via Columbus, Starkville, Maben, Mathiston, Miss.)

3 hrs. 35 min.
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October 8, 1927 Jackson to New Orleans, Louisana

(Flew via Columbia, Miss.; Franklinton, La.)

2 hrs. 55 min.
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October 10, 1927 Two flights, searching for Navy pilot, near New Orleans flying field

New Orleans to Jacksonville, Florida

(Flew via Pensacola, Tallahassee, Fla.)

0 hrs. 40 min.
5 hrs. 30 min.

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Photo by: Paul R. Greenaway. Paul R. Greenaway, was 17 years old at the time and had a parttime job at the local Pensacola Photo Shop.
October 11, 1927 Jacksonville to Atlanta, Georgia

(Flew via McRae, Vidalia, Millen, Ga.)

5 hrs. 45 min.
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October 12, 1927 Atlanta to Spartanburg, South Carolina

(Flew via Athens, Ga.; Greenwood, S.C.)

2 hrs. 40 min.

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October 14, 1927 Spartanburg to Greensboro, North Carolina

(Flew via Gaffney, S.C.; Kings Mountain, Salisbury, Lexington, N.C.)

Greensboro to Winston-Salem, N.C.

2 hrs. 25 min.
0 hrs. 45 min.
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October 15, 1927 Winston-Salem to Richmond, Virginia

(Flew via Danville, South Boston, Va.)

2 hrs. 50 min.
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October 16, 1927 Richmond

One flight, carrying Governor Harry R. Byrd

One flight, carrying Harry F. Guggenheim

One flight, carrying C. C. Maidment (Whirlwind expert)

0 hrs. 10 min.
0 hrs. 10 min.
0 hrs. 05 min.
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October 17, 1927 Richmond to Washington, D.C. 1 hr. 15 min.
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October 18, 1927 Washington to Baltimore, Maryland 0 hrs. 55 min.

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October 19, 1927 Baltimore to Atlantic City, N.J. 2 hrs. 00 min.
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October 21, 1927 Atlantic City to Wilmington, Delaware

(Flew via Mays Landing, Salem, N.J.)

1 hr. 50 min.
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October 22, 1927 Wilmington to Philadelphia, Pa.

(Flew via Chester, Media, Pa.)

0 hrs. 55 min.
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October 23, 1927 Philadelphia to Mitchel Field, L.I.

(Flew via Trenton, N.J.; New York City, N.Y.)

1 hr. 50 min.
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Source: Lindbergh, Charles A. "The Spirit of St. Louis"