By Nancy Robinson Masters

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He flew different kinds of airplanes to decide what style would be best for the Spirit of St. Louis. Charles Lindbergh Charles Lindbergh is one of the most famous American aviators of all time. In 1927, he became the first pilot to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean. The flight was from May 20 to May 21. S. Air Force. I N N O VAT I O N I N TR A N SP O R TATI O N 30 cultures (KUHL-churz) the shared beliefs, actions, and traits of social groups English Channel (ING-lesh CHA-nuhl) narrow part of the Atlantic Ocean between England and France global (GLOHB-uhl) the whole world hydrogen (HY-droh-juhn) a colorless, odorless gas immigrated (IM-uh-grayt-id) came to a country where you were not born navigate (NAV-uh-gate) to steer a course through the air patent (PAT-uhnt) a legal document giving an inventor the sole rights to manufacture and sell his or her invention propeller (pruh-PEL-ur) a blade turned by an engine to pull an airplane through the air terminal (TUR-muh-nuhl) a building at an airport for passengers to use between flights transport (transs-PORT) move from one place to another Ai r p l a n es 31 BOOKS Bingham, Caroline.

Purnell, 13–14 hot air balloons, 5–6 immigrants, 25 innovators, 5, 6, 9, 10 Internet, 15 Lindbergh, Charles, 10, 29 Lockheed “Skunk Works,” 26 Marvingt, Marie, 12 medical care, 9, 12 military, 9, 10, 11–12, 20, 27, 29 monoplanes, 10 Montgolfier brothers, 5–6 navigation, 17, 25 Ninety-Nines piloting organization, 28 noise, 20–21 Spirit of St. Louis aircraft, 10 Stinson, Katherine, 10–11 Stinson, Marjorie, 10–11, 11–12 submarines, 17 Tarmac, 14 terminals, 15, 18 United States Air Force, 27, 29 unmanned aircraft, 19–20 uses, 8–9, 12 Vinci, Leonardo da, 24, 25 Voyager aircraft, 27 Ohain, Hans von, 10 Pacific Ocean, 28 Pan American Airways, 25 patents, 10 jet engines, 10, 12 Johnson, Clarence “Kelly,” 26–27 radio compass, 25 runways, 13–14, 15, 18 Rutan, Dick, 27 Rutan, Elbert L.

She travels all over the world to visit schools and talk with students about innovations. She says, “Reading and writing skills are very, very important. ” Nancy is the author of more than 20 books, including Jeans, Salt, and Airplanes in the Cherry Lake Publishing Global Products series for middle school readers.

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