May 20, 2017
Mahonri M. Young (1877-1957), Long Island Landscape, 20th century, graphite, 9 15/16 x 14 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
On this day in 1927, at the age of 25, aviator Charles Lindbergh took off from Long Island and began his flight across the Atlantic Ocean, becoming the first person to ever make the first solo trans-Atlantic flight. Lindbergh traveled in a small plan called The Spirit of St. Louis. He landed in Paris, France, 33 1/2 hours later. Lindbergh instantly gained international fame and many advances in air mail and transportation were explored due to his feat.
The artwork of the day features a sketch from Long Island, where Lindbergh began his historic flight.