Lindbergh in West Texas

Lindbergh in West Texas (HM16GX)

Location: Abilene, TX 79602 Taylor County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 24.709', W 99° 40.799'

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(September 26, 1927)

Four months after his record-setting trans-Atlantic solo flight, Charles Augustus Lindbergh (1902-1974) landed here for one hour and thirty-six minutes during a nationwide publicity tour. Touching down at Kingsolving Field (now the site of Abilene Zoo) after an almost nine-hour flight from Santa Fe, "Lucky Lindy" was given a hero's welcome by thousands of West Texans. His famous Ryan Monoplane, "Spirit of St. Louis," was taxied into a fenced area and surrounded by National Guard Troops for protection. An escort plane landed later.

Heading a parade into Abilene were seventy-one mayors and countless officials. Lindbergh was escorted by Mrs. Mildred Moody (1897-1983), wife of Governor Dan Moody and an Abilene native; Mayor Thomas Edward Hayden (1891-1949); and Chamber of Commerce president Charles William Bacon (1871-1947). The young pilot reportedly balked at a "throne" rigged for him in an open Nash automobile, and rode with Mrs. Moody through the town to Federal lawn.

Lindbergh delivered a brief speech over loud speakers praising the ideal terrain and weather in Texas for developing civil and military aviation. He was escorted back to this plane and flew two hours and forty-two minutes to his next stop in Fort Worth.
Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986
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HM NumberHM16GX
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Marker Number3085
Year Placed1986
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 2:55pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 436060 N 3586287
Decimal Degrees32.41181667, -99.67998333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 24.709', W 99° 40.799'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 24' 42.54" N, 99° 40' 47.94" W
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Area Code(s)325
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2710-2798 Airport Parking Cir, Abilene TX 79602, US
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