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Lindbergh Emulator Quits After 7 1/2 Hours

May 23, 1987|Associated Press

NEW YORK — A pilot trying to duplicate Charles A. Lindbergh's 1927 solo New York-to-Paris flight abandoned the attempt after 7 1/2 hours Friday and landed his experimental plane in Canada when he realized he was burning too much fuel, a spokesman said.

Mark Hirt, 24, landed the Spirit of Kansas City safely in St. John's, Newfoundland, said Win Perkins, a spokesman for the project.

Hirt took off from Kennedy International Airport at 7:12 a.m. with 100 gallons of fuel. He had hoped to land about 22 hours later at Le Bourget airfield, as Lindbergh did 60 years ago this week in the Spirit of St. Louis.

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