Who flew the first American Airlines flight?
Not every company can say a celebrity kicked it off. However, Lindbergh captained the first official American Airlines flight in 1926, roughly a year before he would make his famous solo air journey across the Atlantic Ocean. Though this was technically the company’s maiden voyage, it was actually a mail delivery run from St. Louis to Chicago. Who would have known that both Lindbergh and American Airlines would become huge names so soon after? Source: American Airlines, Biography.com
Charles Augustus Lindbergh (February 4, 1902 – August 26, 1974), nicknamed Slim, Lucky Lindy, and The Lone Eagle, was an American aviator, military officer, author, inventor, explorer, and environmental activist. At age 25 in 1927, he went from obscurity as a U.S. Air Mail pilot to instantaneous world fame by making his Orteig Prize–winning nonstop flight from Long Island, New York, to Paris. He covered the 33 1⁄2-hour, 3,600 statute miles (5,800 km) alone in a single-engine purpose-built Ryan monoplane, Spirit of St. Louis. This was the first solo transatlantic flight, and the first non-stop flight between North America and mainland Europe. Lindbergh was an officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps Reserve, and he received the United States’ highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for the feat.