Eighty years since historic crossing

 - May 31, 2007, 6:43 AM

The next time you’re crossing the Atlantic in the stratosphere with the luxury of a glass panel, precision navigation and reliable jet power (not to mention a galley and a lav), tip your hat to Charles Lindbergh. It was 80 years ago, on May 21, 1927, when the Lone Eagle set down his Ryan monoplane at Le Bourget in Paris after flying solo across the Atlantic for more than 33 hours.