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Charles 'Slim' Lindbergh struggles to finance and design an airplane that will make his New York to Paris flight the first solo transatlantic crossing.
The first flight of "The Spirit of St. Louis" was at Ryan Aircraft's Dutch Flats airfield, then a salt-flats area in San Diego located just north of the present-day Marine Corps Recruit Depot not far from Lindbergh Field at San Diego International Airport. The location site used in the film is a desert salt-flats area with mountains in the background and no water in sight. In San Diego, Dutch Flats was long ago drained and today is the site of small businesses in what is now-called the Midway district sandwiched between the airport and Mission Bay.
Here at the Garden City Hotel, less than a mile from Roosevelt Field... less than three-quarters of a mile from Roosevelt Field... everyone is waiting, as they have been now for seven days and nights, waiting for the rain to stop...
When Lindbergh arrives back at St. Louis with the newly built Spirit of St Louis, he taxies up to the building where one of his banker friends is waiting for him. Lindbergh then gets out of the plane and starts fingering the still hot cylinders of the engine. He certainly would be cautious about touching an engine that had just been running for many hours for fear of burning his skin off.
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