Charles Lindbergh Parade in D.C.

Here’s a great find from the Internet Archive. It’s film footage of a ticker tape parade in honor of Charles Lindbergh in 1927, after he successfully crossed the Atlantic in the Spirit of St. Louis.

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Charles Lindbergh with his plane, the Spirit of St. Louis
Charles Lindbergh with his plane, the Spirit of St. Louis

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  • pease1

    It is possible this is footage from the famous “Lindbergh race” where unprocessed film from the parade was put on a train and and plane and they raced to see which would be seen in NYC theaters first. The train, pulled along what we today call the Amtrak/Penn Line, by PRR engine #460, now preserved at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, in Strasburg, PA, won on account of the film being processed and copied in a baggage car en-route, where the film on the plane was not processed until after landing. Engine #460 averaged 82 mph during the run, with a top speed of 115 mph, making the run in 2 hours 56 minutes.