On 3rd June, 1927, twelve days after becoming the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic, and having completed his brief tour of England, Charles Lindbergh took off from RAF Kenley at 6.50am, bound for Le Bourget, in a Gloster Woodcock aircraft borrowed from No.17 Squadron.
He was escorted as far as Lympne by two of 32 squadron’s Gloster Gamecocks and arrived in Paris at around 10am, where thousands of spectators had turned out to greet his arrival yet again.
Lindbergh had been scheduled to fly to Paris the previous day, but bad weather had delayed him and he had stayed overnight in the Officer’s Mess at Kenley, (probably Flintfield House) being entertained by Kenley’s pilots. Although his plans had been kept secret, a small crowd of well-wishers had gathered at Kenley to see ‘Lucky Lindy’ off.
He was returning to Paris to take part in a few small ceremonies before slipping away to Cherbourg to begin the return trip to America by sea, aboard the ‘Memphis,’ which had already picked up his crated aircraft, the ‘Spirit of St. Louis,’ in Southampton.
Kenley Scramble, Richard C. Smith
Photograph from United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division
under the digital ID cph.3b16304