Lindbergh (right), Weick (left) and Hamilton (standing), 1927.
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Lindbergh (1902-1974), US aviator, who in May 1927 made the first non-stop transatlantic flight from New York to Paris in a Ryan monoplane. Returning to the United States he received an unprecedented welcome, was promoted to colonel, and toured the nation to popularise aviation. After the kidnapping and death of their son in 1932, he and his wife moved to England. Lindbergh worked with Alexis Carrel on the invention of a pump to maintain organs outside the body. At the outbreak of World War Two Lindbergh made anti-war speeches but later flew combat misions in the Pacific. In later life he championed conservation isues. Fred E Weick was Head of the Propeller Research Tunnel section, 1925-1929, at Langley Research Center, National Advisory Committee on aeronautics (NACA). Tom Hamilton is standing.