Charles Augustus Lindbergh entered the world on February 4, 1902.
Born in Detroit, he was the only son of a doting mother, Evangeline
Lodge Land and a politically-minded father, Charles Augustus Lindbergh,
Sr.. Young Charles spent his early years alternating between summers
on the family farm in Minnesota and the school year in Washington,
D.C., where his father served as a United States Representative in
Congress. He was a contemplative youth who much preferred exploring
the outdoors, figuring out just how things worked and doing manual
farm chores rather than learning from his schoolbooks.
As early as his tenth year, while attending the Aeronautical Trials
in Fort Meyer, Lindbergh realized that he had a passion for aviation.
Although he continued to be uninspired by traditional education, he
enrolled in the University of Wisconsin in 1920 to study engineering.
Dissatisfied with the University experience, he left and accepted
a position with Nebraska Aircraft/ or Lincoln Standard Aircraft. He
finally had the opportunity to spend long days on the airfield and
in hangers working on planes.