"I buckle my safety belt, pull goggles down over my eyes, turn to the men at the blocks, and nod. Frozen figures leap to action. A yank on the ropes - the wheels are free. I brace myself against the left side of the cockpit, sight along the edge of the runway, and ease he throttle wide open. Now, in seconds we´ll have the answer. Action brings confidence and relief."
Charles A. Lindbergh The Spirit of St. Louis