Photos tucked away for 90 years in a California newspaper's archives portray Charles Lindbergh just weeks before he made the first nonstop solo airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean, reports the AP. The San Diego Union-Tribune on Sunday released never-before-published shots of Lindbergh from April 28, 1927. Harry Bishop, chief photographer for what was then the Union and Evening Tribune, shot the 25-year-old as he climbed for the first time into the cockpit of the Spirit of St. Louis, the plane custom-built in San Diego by Ryan Airlines.
The newspaper published a few photos from the test flight. The rest were archived for nearly a century before a researcher discovered them last year, four in a file labeled "Lindbergh negatives," the others in an envelope marked with "Lindbergh, Charles A.," "'Spirit of St. Louis' monoplane," "4-28-27," and Bishop's initials. Three weeks after the photos were taken, Lindbergh and his aircraft made history by flying from New York to Paris, 3,610 miles in 33 hours. (This historical photo just sold for $162,000.)