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Less than a month before Lindbergh would fly the Spirit of St. Louis on its maiden flight in preparation for his historic trans-Atlantic journey, he pays for the plane\'s critical navigation instruments, including his compass
Partly printed Document Signed, \"Charles A. Lindbergh,\" 1 page, 6.25\" x 2.75\", San Diego, April 4, 1927, a check drawn on the United States National Bank and filled out in his hand to \"Ryan Airlines\" for $923.27. Vertical creases affect one letter in signature, stamp and punch cancelations clear of signature, minor wear at top right corner, else very good. Lindbergh, a young and unknown pilot, was an unlikely candidate for the $25,000 Orteig Prize, offered by Franco-American hotelier Raymond Orteig for the first non-stop flight between New York and Paris. Unlike his well-funded and prominent rivals, Lindbergh began his quest with the modest sum of $2,000 saved from his salary as a U.S. Air Mail pilot and an additional $15,000 in financing from St. Louis businessmen Harold M. Bixby and Harry H. Knight. Even with the financing in place, obtaining a plane capable of the journey proved difficult. They were unable to find a suitable design from Wright Aeronaut
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