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The New Spirit of St. Louis

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Hello,several days ago right here on this board i caught a very interestin argument on history....like so...at first my eyes caught reference to the century of flight......and a paragraph later i released that this was not about the sim but an otherwise very informative post on who accomplished what first.....i thought this was alittle funny how i got there ..readin along...and than through one of those 30 secs trains of thought I told myself I had to post this one and see what you Gents think about it.....disregard the above if it doesnt make much sense to you and keep readin below...quote:"It was in the fall of 1926, during the lonely hours flying the mail at night, that a young airmail pilot for Robertson Aircraft Corporation, had his first thoughts about flying across the cold Atlantic waters in an attempt to capture the elusive Orteig Prize. His name was Charles A. Lindbergh.The $25,000 Orteig Prize, which had been offered since 1919 by a prominent New York hotel businessman, Raymond Orteig, for the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris, was not what interested Lindbergh. Instead, he was intrigued by the idea of demonstrating publicly that airplanes could safely link the United States and Europe, and at the same time, giving greater credibility to civilian pilots. As for the danger of such an incredible flight, Lindbergh believed that neither the weather nor the danger of a transatlantic crossing could be any worse than what he had already experienced flying the mail through rain, snow, ice, and fog, and the emergency parachute landings he made during his airmail career......"http://www.lindberghspirit.comquote:"the History of the X PRIZE Foundation. In 1994, Gregg E. Maryniak gave Peter H. Diamandis a copy of the Spirit of St. Louis, written by Charles Lindbergh. Dr. Diamandis read the book and realized that aviation prizes had been one of the critical forces in opening up today's $250 Billion aviation industry. Diamandis had the idea of creating a cash prize for space travel as a mechanism to implement his life-long dream of traveling into space...http://www.xprize.org/press/history.html..its a real eye opener to read these side by side...and who knows we might not be to old by the time...these sims hit the stores ;) ..might like these pages as well....enjoyhttp://www.xprize.org/education/lindbergh.htmlhttp://www.xprize.org/education/resources.htmlhttp://www.xprize.org/teams/teams.html

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Very informative, thanks for posting :)

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