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Letter: Lindbergh’s flight inspired John Glenn

"The Right Stuff" follows John Glenn and other pioneering astronauts as it recounts NASA's Mercury space exploration efforts of the 1960's. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Long Island helped inspire John Glenn to take flight [“The right stuff for America,” Editorial, Dec. 9].

After Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 flight from Roosevelt Field, Long Island, to Paris, he was heralded as a national hero.

In his 1999 memoir, Glenn recalled his awareness of Lindbergh as a boy in Ohio.

“Everybody knew about Charles Lindbergh’s flight . . . ,” Glenn wrote. “When Lindy came home, the papers chronicled his every move. Dad had read that he would be flying by Cambridge and New Concord on his way to Columbus, and soon after that we were on a farm outside of town when a silver plane flying west passed overhead. I’d always imagined it was him.”

As a Marine pilot in 1943, Glenn met his childhood hero when Lindbergh served as a technical adviser for Vought Aircraft. Author Frank Van Riper wrote, “Glenn would have a glimpse of his future in the person of Charles Lindbergh, to whom he would be compared after his orbital space flight.”

Adam Sackowitz, Westbury

Editor’s note: The writer is devoting his graduate-level thesis to the life and legacy of John Glenn.


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