The Lindbergh Foundation Believes that Innovative Science and Technology Hold the Key to Addressing Humanity’s Environmental and Productivity Challenges


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The Lindbergh Foundation is deeply saddened by the passing of Astronaut Sally Ride on July 23, 2012.  In 1983, Sally Ride established her place in history by becoming the first American woman to blast off our planet and into space.  Having done that, she became a role model for many aspiring young people, particularly young women. Her enduring legacy on the planet has been set, however, by her work, leadership and inspiration as one of the strongest advocates for science, technology, engineering and math.  We have lost an incredible person who will be missed, but her accomplishments and life will continue to serve to motivate many.

It was indeed an honor to recognize Dr. Ride with the Foundation’s first Anne Morrow Lindbergh Award in 2003 for her outstanding achievement, spirit of initiative, and great dedication toward making positive contributions to our world.  


The Anne Morrow Lindbergh Award was created in honor of an extraordinary woman, who was a pioneer, pilot, parent, adventurer and author.  It was presented for the first time to Dr. Sally Ride, an equally extraordinary woman, pioneer, adventurer, and role model. Upon bestowing the Award, Reeve Lindbergh said, “We honor Dr. Ride not only for her outstanding achievements in the past, but also, and perhaps even more significantly, for her tremendously positive ongoing contributions to the future, for our children and for our world.”

Dr. Sally Ride was one of our nation's most beloved educators, scientists, as well as the first American woman to enter outer space.  She will be deeply missed.  


This was a question on the minds of Mrs. Stamper’s 8th grade class from Hanover, Mass.  The class had read a non-fiction excerpt called "Flying" by Reeve Lindbergh.  As a follow-up, Mrs. Stamper showed the film "Spirit of St. Louis" with Jimmy Stewart.  The students wanted to know:

Charles Lindbergh in Helmet“...if Charles Lindbergh did wear cotton balls in his ears for his true solo flight. "  Mrs. Stamper explained that the students "noticed it immediately and questioned it because in the excerpt by Reeve she notes that her father discouraged the use of cotton balls as it took away from the "true" experience.”


Initially, I was inclined to agree with the 8th graders, but upon referring to the biography, “Lindbergh” written by A. Scott Berg (pg. 115 paperback), he states, “At 7:51 a.m., Lindbergh buckled his safety belt, stuffed each ear with a wad of cotton, strapped on his wool-lined helmet, and pulled his goggles down over his eyes.”  However, Lindbergh does not mention the cotton in his book “The Spirit of St. Louis” (pg. 175 paperback).  He writes: “I buckle my safety belt, pull goggles down over my eyes, turn to the men at the blocks, and nod.”


So, I asked Lindbergh’s youngest daughter, Reeve, (who is the honorary chairman of the Lindbergh Foundation, by the way) what she thought about this question.  Here’s what she said:


I think Scott Berg is probably right, because he researched the book (his biography of my father)  meticulously for eight years before he wrote it. If he says that my father put cotton balls in his ears for the *Spirit* flight, I strongly suspect that he (Scott) found a reliable source for that information.

Gee, I wish I'd known this when I was flying with my father! He *definitely* did not like us to use cotton balls when we were flying with him. (Probably because we couldn't hear his instructions from the front cockpit). But I also know that the *Spirit* was much, much noisier than any airplane I ever flew in with him when I was a child, because I've flown in the *Spirit* replica. Yikes!
Maybe my father felt that modern (1950's era) small planes were so much less noisy than the ones he flew in the early days that cotton balls were unnecessary, even though he had used them himself in the pioneering aviation era.
That's my best guess.



We all know the mid-term elections are just around the corner, but the Lindbergh Foundation needs your vote today

The Lindbergh Foundation is competing against 19 other organizations for one of 5 gifts of $10,000 to be given by Lightspeed Aviation Foundation this fall. The newly created Lightspeed Vote TodayAviation Foundation actively supports aviation growth, education and works of compassion.  The top 5 organizations receiving the most votes by the pilot community will each receive a contribution.  I am personally asking you to join me in voting for the Lindbergh Foundation today! Simply click the VOTE NOW button at to vote.  It’s quick, easy, and could really help a great organization.

If you’d like to know more about the Lindbergh Foundation, read on!
Most people are aware of the numerous contributions Charles Lindbergh made to aviation, but few know that Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh worked at the leading edge of environmental awareness, a result of their ability to observe changes in our surroundings from a perspective previously unavailable to humankind — from the air. In their later years, the Lindberghs passionately supported many technological breakthroughs that improved the quality of life in such varied fields as medicine, education, and agriculture, all while stressing the importance of preserving our environment.
I believe the Lindbergh Foundation’s mission to advocate the balanced use of innovation and technology to benefit all life on Earth is even more relevant today.
For over 30 years, the Foundation has executed this mission by encouraging solutions, acknowledging progress and communicating ideas:

  • We encourage solutions through our Grants Program.  Bright, creative and innovative individuals receive grants to conduct scientific research or educational projects that address a variety of environmental issues, including projects that focus on aviation.  In recent years, the Lindbergh Foundation has funded projects that worked to reduce the drag over aircraft to improve fuel efficiencies, develop electric aircraft, use aircraft to save Koalas while supporting the timber industry, reduce noise pollution, test a direct injection fuel nozzle to accommodate the discontinuation of 100LL, and more!
  • We acknowledge progress through the Lindbergh Awards Program, which recognizes individuals and corporations whose work has made significant contributions to enhancing the quality of life while demonstrating a balance between technology and any environmental impacts.  Among our notable Award recipients are:  Harrison Ford, Jack Pelton, Jim Fowler, Neil Armstrong, Burt Rutan, Dr. Sally Ride, Capt. Eugene Cernan, and Sen. John Glenn.
  • We communicate ideas through educational programs that serve as a conduit for outreach, forums, symposia, publications and social media.  In all educational efforts, the purpose resonates with using technology to better the quality of all life while still being sensitive to environmental issues.

I hope you’ll support the Lindbergh Foundation today.  A simple click can help the Foundation earn $10,000 from the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation.  Please vote today.

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