Lindbergh's transatlantic flight backed by St. Louis buisnessmen

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Lindbergh's transatlantic flight backed by St. Louis buisnessmen - J enable p p e a r l d e n t at of g with the...
J enable p p e a r l d e n t at of g with the bo this York St. Louisans Gave Lindbergh $25,000 For Plane and Equipment After Eastern Capitalists Turned Him Capt. Charles Lindbergh's f l l B h t , was financed by a group of SI Louis business men who raised 125,000 nnd told tho young aviator to do J u n t UK He plenued with It. Previous to this offer Lindbergh md tried lo Internal eastern onplliil- .sts In a fllBht from New Y o l k to Pa.1 la In a Biillancu plane, but without without success. One of Lindbergh's backers Is Harry Hall Knight, president president of the St. Louis Flying club. G u t t i n g leave from the St. Louis National guard which he joined because because of It.s aviation possibilities. Lindbergh chose tor his f l i g h t a nynn plane, made by* tho Ryan A i r Linos, whoso president, B. F. Mahoncy, l» only 25 years old. ' It Is a monoplane monoplane motored with a Wright w h i r l - w i n d J-2,225 horse power mutor. Llndbeigh' spent several weeks on the Pacific coast working over his ship which was named ' "Spirit of St. Louis." With full load, tho plane has n cruising spocd of approximately 105 mites per hour and a maximum speed of 123 miles pev hour, It carrier 426 gallons of gnsollne and 28 gallons of ell, estimated to b* sufficient for a 4500-mile 'flight, ' On his 2600-mile I rip from Ban Diego, Ca)., to New York, Lindbergh jsed less than 250 gallons of gaso- Ine and the average connumptlon ts computed at about 10 gallon* per hour. Its body of metal and wings of wood, tho Spirit of St. Louis hns Bross weight of 4760 pounds, the load of Kasollne and oil weighing 2,745 pounds. Its cabin holds only one man, sitting' In a wicker chair with the "stick" between hi* legs with little opportunity to rnovo about It carries no radio, but Is equlppet with a pneumatic raft for u*e In of a forced descent at BOB. The plane In 0(|ulpped only with -wheels and while It could bo safely landed on the water, l ( t could not take off again The cockpit ts Inclosed In glass and Lindbergh (lies by compass us Ing a periscope to sec over the of his plane, which he did. rarely his cross-continent hop*. He Is guldei by the instruments on tho elaborate board before him. Other Instrument on the board beside* comnassew In chide temperatur* gauge, oil pr»*ur guuge, tachometer, altometer, turn and bank Indicator, .nir , speed an drift Indicator, speed Urns* and clock

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  1. Decatur Herald,
  2. 21 May 1927, Sat,
  3. Page 1

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