National Geographic : 1928 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE MRS. LINDBERGH TAKES HER FIRST FLIGHT IN THE "SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS" Colonel Lindbergh's mother flew with her son long before he became famous, so that her first flight in the Spirit of St. Louis was no novelty, so far as the sensation of being in the air was concerned. Riding in this ship, however, could not but have thrilled her. The plane was designed to carry only one person, so that Mrs. Lindbergh had to sit upon the arm of her son's seat. no baggage compartment, as all available space was taken up by gas tanks. There was always an argument between Love and the rest of us about this baggage. He would go through the compartment, throwing out magazines, books, and pil lows, which he claimed were unnecessary equipment. Sorenson and I maintained that the advance party should travel in comfort and peace. An agreement to this effect was kept until Colonel Lindbergh heard of it. After this, whenever we were close together, he would fly straight ahead, so as to leave us in the disturbed air created by his pro peller, with a result that we had a very bumpy ride for the next few seconds. Love discovered that an unusual phe nomenon would take place by suddenly pushing the control stick forward. Wait ing until Sorenson and I were reading or asleep, he would push the stick ahead, thus causing the plane to nose down suddenly. This maneuver made all the loose ob jects in the plane rise up in the air. Sev eral times we found ourselves virtually floating up at the top of the cabin, in com pany with the camera and most of the baggage. After one or two hot arguments on this subject, we managed to persuade the practical joker that these tactics were unnecessary. AVOIDS AIRPORT TO SAVE CROWD At Kansas City the crowd was lined up along the runway of the new airport. Colonel Lindbergh could have landed, but there was a slight chance that he might have swerved into the throng. The time was so limited that he picked a spot sev eral hundred yards away and landed. Here and at Portland were the only two places where he did not land at the air port as scheduled.