Charles Lindbergh's poses next to his airplane, the "Spirit of St. Louis." Ground crew push the airplane, tail first, out of a hangar on Roosevelt Field, Long Island, New York. Its engine and nose are covered in canvas. Lindbergh shakes hands with an official. Ground crew top off the aircraft's fuel, by pouring several gallons into its tank from atop the wing. A man helps Lindbergh don his heavy flying coverall. The aircraft engine starts. Crowd surrounds the aircraft. Lindbergh climbs aboard and the "Spirit of St. Louis" starts its takeoff roll surrounded by group of people. Lindbergh makes a long takeoff roll, bouncing several times (once, quite hard) before breaking ground in a shallow climb.
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