The Orteig prize was a $25,000 purse offered by hotelier Raymond Orteig to the first pilot to fly nonstop from Paris to New York. Lindbergh began his winning attempt on 20 May 1927.
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When Lindberg arrived the French Foreign Office honored him by flying the American flag. They had never done this for someone who wasn't a head of state.