Like his famous grandfather, Erik Lindbergh’s thoughts turn toward the skies. Lindbergh, a 34-year-old wood sculptor in the state of Washington and the grandson of legendary aviator Charles Lindbergh, is lending the family name to the cause of space travel. He is a spokesman for the X Prize Foundation of St. Louis, an organization designed to encourage private construction of space vehicles. The $10 million X Prize — half of which has been raised — will go to the builder of a craft able to carry at least three people to an altitude of 62 miles and return to fly again within two weeks.
- “We are assembling a group of visionaries, leaders of our time, who want to help promote public space travel much like the Spirit of St. Louis organization backed my grandfather in 1927,” said Lindbergh.