Here's a cool movie fact! James Stewart was 47 years old when he played the part of Charles Lindbergh in the movie The Spirit of St. Louis. The real Charles Linbergh was 27 when he made his memorable flight!
Why did this movie make the ECM movie of the week? When presented a challenge, Americans never quit! The very thought of a plane making a trip from New York to Paris was unthinkable! But leave it to American to lead the way with guts, smarts and even a little faith! Interestingly, Lindbergh during the better part of the film, was portrayed as a non-believer. Read the text from the movie below...
Father Hussman: How come I never see you around church? You don't believe?
Charles Lindbergh: Well, yes, I believe. I believe in an instrument panel, a pressure gauge, a compass, things I can see and touch. I can't touch God.
Father Hussman: You're not supposed to! He touches you!
Here is a brief movie summary from IMDb below.
Biography of Charles Lindbergh from his days of precarious mail runs in aviation's infancy to his design of a small transatlantic plane and the vicissitudes of its takeoff and epochal flight from New York to Paris in 1927.
This a cool flick, especially for you flyers out there! You won't regret this one!
Here is some REAL footage of the flight!
More footage! Landing in Paris!
New York parade!