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Lot 8

Letter by the First Pilot to Cross the Atlantic Alone. Charles Lindbergh, Darien New York, 1967

Fascinating letter from Lindbergh about his abstaining from the media and interviews.

Beginning in the 1940s, Lindbergh refused to be interviewed by the press, trying to live the most quiet life possible. Before us is a letter of complaint sent by Lindbergh to the French journalist Louis Castex. This journalist had told Lindbergh he was thinking of writing a book about central events in aerial history. Lindbergh had trusted him and invited him to his house in Switzerland where they held a long conversation. Castex adapted the conversation and turned it into a long journalistic interview which he published under the title "Lindbergh Breaks a Silence of 30 Years" in the Paris Match. Having seen the interview in the paper, Lindbergh sent this letter to the interviewer, expressing his anger. He notes that he always tried to help scholars and writers with their research; yet he has never agreed to cooperate with sensation-chasers.

The American Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974) was the first pilot to fly a solo trans-Atlantic flight. He flew from New York to Paris in 1927 in his well-known plane, the "Spirit of St. Louis."

[1] leaf, 20x24 cm, English, ink on paper, typewritten and signed in black ink.

Very fine condition. Fold mark crosswise and lengthwise. Framed.