COAST TO COAST IN 48 HOURS
On July 7, 1929, Charles Lindbergh’s dream of coast-to-coast travel came true. That’s when Transcontinental Air Transport (T.A.T.) began providing passenger service between New York and Los Angeles using airplanes by day and trains by night. The ambitious trip across the country on what would become known as the “The Lindberg Line” took 48 hours, cutting the 72 hour travel time by rail alone by two-thirds. A one-way ticket cost $338, more than half the price of a new Ford Model A or a Chevrolet Coach. As you can imagine, only a select few passengers–most of them well-to-do–embarked on the inaugural journey. However, Anne Barrett’s great aunt Grace was one of them, and she kept a diary of her experience. So don’t get left on the runway. This is a very rare look at the historic flight which marked the dawn of commercial passenger travel.
“I am simply amazed at the detail that has gone into this TAT line. They give so much care to comfort and luxuries… And an aero-car to take you from plane to train for your night rides… And a map given to each passenger so he may study the country.” — Anne Lindbergh
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