Teledyne Powers Lindbergh Across The Atlantic
LOS ANGELES - May 7, 2002 - Teledyne Technologies Incorporated (NYSE:TDY) announced that its subsidiary Teledyne Continental Motors, Inc. powered the New Spirit of St. Louis as Erik Lindbergh, grandson of aviation legend Charles Lindbergh, successfully repeated his grandfather's famous flight. Lindbergh flew a single-engine Teledyne Continental Motors-powered Lancair Columbia 300 with a Platinum Edition™ cross flow TCM IO550N powerplant from New York to Paris to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the historic voyage of the original Spirit of St. Louis.
The Teledyne Continental Motors engine propelled Lindbergh smoothly across what is still one of the most daunting routes in aviation, in about half the time it took his grandfather back in 1927. Lindbergh departed New York's Roosevelt Field Wednesday, May 1, a few weeks shy of the 75th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's historic Atlantic crossing. After 17 hours and 10 minutes of mostly uneventful flying, Lindbergh touched down at historic Le Bourget airport outside Paris, France. During the flight the New Spirit of St. Louis averaged nearly 191 knots while consuming 12.33 gallons per hour. The aircraft traveled 3,263 miles on 211 gallons of aviation fuel.
A team of Teledyne Continental Motors technicians, including the president of the company, gave the plane's engine a thorough check-up before it left the factory and again before Erik Lindbergh took off from New York.
"The powerplant ran flawlessly throughout the flights," Lindberg said. "It was extremely smooth and never required any particular attention. I had great confidence in the engine. That left me to deal with the weather, air traffic control and other details of the flight."
"Crossing 3,000 miles of ocean on a single engine is always a daunting task," said Robert Mehrabian, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Teledyne Technologies. "Teledyne has been a part of American aviation for over 70 years. Our engines were also used in the Voyager aircraft, which, in 1986, achieved the first around-the-world nonstop flight without refueling. It was our pleasure to be a part of this team and make sure everything was in excellent working order for Mr. Lindbergh's flight."
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