August 22, 1927

Charles Lindbergh speaks at the University of Wisconsin in 1927

Charles Lindbergh, who 15 months earlier became the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, returns to Madison and speaks in front of a crowd of approximately 40,000 people at Camp Randall Stadium. Lindbergh was a student at UW-Madison but dropped out in 1922 without receiving his degree.


On the day he returned to Madison, Lindbergh, in the Spirit of St. Louis, circled the Capitol dome three times. He then flew over Camp Randall at a height of 200 feet, then west a few blocks, buzzing the homes of friends in University Heights. Later that day, he dedicated the Memorial Union and sparked the creation of the Dane County Regional Airport.


Lindbergh returned to Madison again a year later to accept an honorary degree from UW.