5/20/1927, at 7:52 a.m., Charles Lindbergh set off from Long Island on the first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic. He landed in Paris a little over 33 hours later. Five years later, Amelia Earhart, nicknamed “Lady Lindy” after Lindbergh, departed from Newfoundland, Canada, on the first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic by a woman. Fifteen hours and 18 minutes later she landed in Ireland.

My mother was a small child when Lindbergh flew the Atlantic. She told about going to the local telegraph office in her rural Nebraska town with her father and some neighbors. They would wait outside watching through the window as the telegrapher sat waiting for word from outside sources about the outcome of this effort.

I can only imagine the jubilation felt when the word of a successful flight arrived.

In our age of instant communication throughout the world it is hard to conceive of waiting for hours or sometimes days to find out what was happening in the world around you.

It is also hard to think of these two pilots, in days of unpressurized planes, no radar or GPS, even making the flights!

What a difference their bravery made in the world, and no doubt what pride it brought to our country at the time.