Lindbergh’s plane, the Spirit of St. Louis, was so heavy with fuel it barely cleared the telephone lines to begin the daring flight. Still, Lindbergh took off for Paris on the morning of May 20, 1927. Cruising at an average speed of 100 miles an hour, he crossed Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Ireland, England, and the English Channel. He landed in Paris 331⁄2 hours later, greeted by thousands of delighted fans. Lindbergh would receive this kind of widespread admiration for the rest of his life.
The stamp was part of the Celebrate the Century series and features an iconic scene from the movie "The Great Train Robbery" (1903). The actor is Central New York native Justus P. Barnes (1862-1946). He was born in Little Falls and died in Weedsport. This was his film debut and he appeared in about 70 films until he retired from show business in 1917.