Lindbergh's flight, it has been calculated, spurred as much as $100 million in aviation investments in America. In the mid-1920's, Boeing, a small manufacturer of airplanes in Seattle, had so little work that it sometimes built furniture just to keep going. Within a year of Lindbergh's flight it employed a thousand people. Aviation became to the 1930's what the radio was to the 1920's.
-Bill Bryson, One Summer: America, 1927