It may have been after the Wright Brothers first set sail among the clouds, but Charles Lindbergh continues to be a beacon of inspiration in the flight community, as well as in history in general. On May 20, 1927 Lindbergh settled into his plane, "The Spirit of St. Louis," to embark on his now famous nonstop flight between New York and Paris, a feat which thrust Lindbergh into fame. Later that year he appeared as Time magazine's first-ever "Man of the Year" in the coveted cover slot. Yet as much as his accomplishments later became cemented in history, was his personal life fraught with complications.
Lindbergh's 20-month-old child was kidnapped and murdered in 1932, and during the 1950s and 60s, he carried on an affair and entirely secret other family in Germany. Lindbergh's famous flight expeditions unfortunately never provided a steady paycheck, though he did play a critical role in the invention of the artificial heart, and eventually became an outspoken advocate for conservation. Check out some amazing archival footage and learn more about this legend's life here.