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The scandal that made Charles Lindbergh's grandfather flee Sweden

Charles Lindbergh with his wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh before taking off from Sweden in 1933. Photo: SvD/TT

Published: 21.Mar.2019 07:59 hrs

Charles Lindbergh's 1933 visit to Sweden helps tell the story of how his grandfather fled the country 74 years earlier.

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When American aviator Charles Lindbergh landed his plane at Hägernäs Air Base just north of Stockholm in September 1933, he was greeted with great respect by top Swedish officials and dignitaries. Six years had passed since he completed the first successful non-stop flight over the Atlantic Ocean in his single-engine monoplane, but his international fame was as great as ever. In Sweden, his status was elevated further by his Swedish heritage, which featured prominently both in his mind and in the global press.

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