For a time he earned his living barnstorming and performing daring feats of aviation. He became a flying cadet in the U.S. Air Service Reserve and flew mail routes to Chicago. In 1927, after 33 and a half hours, this 25-year-old became the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. His name was Charles A. Lindbergh, son of a U.S. congressman, and he was born this day, Feb. 4, 1902. Years later, speaking at the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences, Charles Lindbergh stated: "It was not the outer grandeur of the Roman but the inner simplicity of the Christian that lived though the ages."