6th November 2018: More than 90 years after pioneer American aviator Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, Haynes has released the Spirit of St Louis Owners’ Workshop Manual to celebrate the intrepid pilot his aircraft, and their epic flight.
In May 1927, Lindbergh took off from New York City on his grueling flight that was set to become a watershed achievement in aviation history. The journey caught the attention of the public like no other, with crowds of 100,000 people gathering to meet Lindbergh when he touched down in Paris 34 hours later.
The Spirit of St Louis Owners’ Workshop Manual chronicles the personal story of Charles Lindbergh, the background to his adventure, the transatlantic flight itself and its aftermath. The book also provides an in-depth insight into the design and construction of the Ryan monoplane Spirit of St Louis, supported with a rich selection of archive and contemporary photographs and technical drawings.
Commenting on the book’s release, author and experienced pilot Leo Marriott said: "Today we think nothing of crossing the Atlantic Ocean in only a few hours, and in comfort and safety. but in the 1920s the very thought of an aeroplane crossing the Atlantic provoked excitement and interest, especially as so many had tried and tragically failed. However it was because of Lindbergh and other pioneers that ninety years later aviation connects the people of the world and is in the forefront of technological progress".
“Lindbergh epitomizes the cult of the hero pilot, a determined individual pushing the boundaries of what was technically possible at the time. It’s been a privilege to tell his unique story.”
As well as covering the history, the book looks to the future. Leo continued: “I was privileged to have special access to the team building a replica aircraft in California. The Spirit of St Louis 2 is due to attempt an Atlantic crossing in 2019 and the book contains exclusive photography from the build.”
Spirit of St Louis Owners’ Workshop Manual is priced at £22.99 and available from www.haynes.com. The book number is H6167. The ISBN is 9781785211676. It is published in November 2018.
About the author
Leo Marriott is the author of more than 30 books on aviation and naval warfare. A retired Air Traffic Controller, he is also an experienced pilot and accomplished aerial photographer. He lives in Weston Super Mare.
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