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Was Charles Lindbergh the first ever man to fly?
No. The first man to fly was Orville Wright, on December 17, 1903.
Almost 25 years later, on May 21, 1927, Charles Lindberg attempted and succeeded in flying across the Atlantic Ocean on a solo flight. He flew from New York to Paris, a whopping 5,810 kilometers (3,610 miles), in the Spirit of Saint Louis. The flight took 33 hours and 30 minutes.