Eighty-four years ago, Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

On May 20, 1927, the one-time air mail pilot and U.S. Army reserve officer took off in his aircraft, the Spirit of St. Louis, from Roosevelt Field in Garden City, Long Island. Lindbergh landed in Paris, France, the following day.

Born in Detroit, Mich., Lindbergh received a number of awards for his journey, including the Medal of Honor and Distinguished Flying Cross.