In 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh electrified the world when he made San Diego the starting point for the first-ever solo, nonstop transatlantic flight. In his Spirit of St. Louis, Lindbergh took off from Dutch Flat bound for St. Louis, New York and Paris. Lindbergh later agreed to lend his name to a proposed new airport: San Diego Municipal Airport – Lindbergh Field. After the Airport Authority was formed in 2003, we needed a new operating certificate from the FAA. For the name of the airport, then-President/CEO Thella Bowens put “San Diego International Airport,” officially choosing to drop the name “Lindbergh Field.” The decision was made to match the “think bigger” philosophy of the newly created Airport Authority. “Lindbergh Field” sounded like a small, regional facility, which no longer reflected the mission or business model of the airport.