Charles Augustus Lindbergh was born on February 4,1902 in Detroit Minnesota. He grew up near Little Falls, Minnesota. Lindbergh's father was a U.S. congressman and his mother taught chemistry at a nearby high school. Though his mother was a teacher, he hated school and disliked it when other people told him what he should learn. Lindbergh loved farming and enjoyed swimming in the Mississippi River. Lindbergh always showed mechanical ability. Lindbergh saw his first airplane at the age of eight; it's pilot was the greatest daredevil ever known; Lincoln Beachey. At the young age of eleven his parents put him in charge of driving and fixing the family car. After finishing high school, he worked for three years on his father's farm. At 18 he went to the University of Wisconsin to study engineering. However he showed more interest in aviation then in school. Lindbergh turned out to be an American aviator and engineer-the 1920's had become the year of barnstormers. He began flying in 1922 and four years later he piloted a mail plane between Saint Louis, Missouri and Chicago. In 1923 he made his solo flight in a small Curtiss Jenny, which he got for $500 cash in Georgia. He later decided to compete for a prize of $25,000 offered in 1919 for the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Using $200 of his own money, he got help from other St. Louis businessmen who agreed to raise $1300 to buy a new monoplane. At that time the contest cought the attention of other aviators.
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