A gripping "in-the-cockpit" narrative of Charles Lindbergh's extraordinary first transatlantic flight that transfixed the world, by the New York Times-bestselling aviation historian and legendary Air Force pilot On the morning of May 20, 1927, a little known pilot named Charles Lindbergh waited to take off from Roosevelt Field on Long Island. Six men had already died attempting to claim the 25,000 Orteig Prize promised to the first person to fly nonstop from New York to Paris, and there was much to suggest that Lindbergh might be the seventh. He was just 25 years old, and relatively inexperienced-he had never before flown over water. Yet thirty-three hours later, Lindbergh touched down in Paris, the most famous aviator of all time.The Flight is a long overdue, in-the-cockpit retelling of Lindbergh’s legendary journey. Dan Hampton, the New York Times bestselling author of Viper Pilot, Lords of the Sky, and The Hunter Killers, is a decorated fighter pilot who has flown the same route Lindbergh did many times-bringing a unique appreciate for Lindbergh’s accomplishment that separates his account from past efforts. Relying upon a trove of primary sources, as well as Lindbergh’s own personal diary and writings, Hampton crafts a dramatic narrative of a flight that many believed was impossible. The flight very nearly ended in Long Island shortly after takeoff, and didn’t get any easier from there. Moving hour by hour, Hampton recounts Lindbergh’s uncertainty over his equipment and his courage as he flies across the vast swath of the Atlantic. Hampton also intersperses the stories of Lindbergh’s camp on the ground, including Ann Morrow, his future wife, who had no idea whether he would be landing in Paris, or had been lost at sea.America’s finest aviation story in the hands of our finest aviation historian, The Flight is Dan Hampton’s biggest, most dramatic book yet.