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Aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh's lost flying hat could turn up a fortune
This file photo taken on May 21, 1927 shows US aviator Charles Lindbergh posing in front of his monoplane Spirit of St-Louis at Paris-Le Bourget, after having achieved the first solo non-stop transatlantic flight New York - Paris Le Bourget. The flying hat aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh lost while doing loop-the-loops over Paris after becoming the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic is to be auctioned in the French capital. The leather and sheepskin cap which Lindbergh managed to lose twice in the space of a week after making history in May 1927, could make 80,000 euros ($88,000), Hotel Drouot auction house said on November 7, 2016. STRINGER / AFP.


PARIS (AFP).- The flying hat aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh lost while doing loop-the-loops over Paris after becoming the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic is to be auctioned in the French capital.

The leather and sheepskin cap which Lindbergh managed to lose twice in the space of a week after making history in May 1927, could make 80,000 euros ($88,000), Hotel Drouot auction house said Monday.

The "Lone Eagle" first lost the hat when he was mobbed after his plane, the Spirit of St Louis, landed at the Bourget airstrip near the French capital on May 21, 1927.

A mechanic handed the hat in to the US embassy that evening only for Lindbergh to lose it again seven days later when he was given special permission to perform aerobatic feats over the city in a borrowed French fighter.

The next morning a woman near Bourget found it in her vegetable patch.

The hat, which will go under the hammer on November 16, has been kept by the same family since. It wasn't actually identified as Lindbergh's until 1969.

Lindbergh returned to the US a hero, but six year later was hit by tragedy when his baby son, Charles Junior, was kidnapped from the family home. The body of the 20-month-old was later found nearby.


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