SEATTLE (AP) — A donor has given the University of Washington rare footage of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 visit to Seattle as part of his 48-state tour.
The Seattle Times reports the film captures the national hero at the height of his fame in 1927, months after his solo flight across the Atlantic ocean.
The movie opens with the single-engine plane, The Spirit of St. Louis, circling the Sand Point Naval Air Station airfield before landing. It also shows Seattle Mayor Bertha Knight Landes introducing him to a packed crowd at Husky Stadium.
It ends with a shot of Lindbergh flying away on his way to Portland, Oregon.
Beverly Hitt Akers donated the footage to UW Libraries’ Special Collections in honor of her granddaughter who graduates from the UW in two weeks.