The grandson of aviator Charles Lindbergh will visit the Town of Tonawanda elementary school named in his grandfather's honor this Saturday - and he'll get there by air.  Erik Lindbergh is scheduled to arrive at the Charles A. Lindbergh Elementary School at 10 am on Saturday using a Mercy Flight helicopter.

Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927 in a plane named "The Spirit of St. Louis".  He was celebrated as an American hero and was honored with a ticker-tape parade in New York City, then went on a national tour with his plane.  The tour brought him to Buffalo and I remember my great uncle often recalling the day Lindbergh was greeted by thousands when he landed at the Buffalo Airport.

Erik Lindbergh duplicated his grandfather's flight across the Atlantic in a single-engine plane in 2002 on the 75th anniversary of that famous solo flight.  The experience was recorded on the History Channel and raised over a million dollars for charity.

The helicopter with Erik Lindbergh will land in a field outside the Lindbergh School, 184 Irving Terrace in the Town of Tonawanda at 10 am on Saturday.  The event is free to attend.