Erik Lindbergh

Erik Lindbergh

Son of Charles Lindbergh, X-Prize Co-Founder, Pilot, and Entrepreneur

Speaker Categories: Adventurer | Physically Challenged | Overcoming Obstacles | Inspirational | Astronaut, Aviator

Travels From: WA, United States.

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Son of Charles Lindbergh, X-Prize Co-Founder, Pilot,
and Entrepreneur

Artist, entrepreneur and speaker, Erik Lindbergh is the grandson of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. An avid pilot, Erik holds commercial, instrument, flight instructor, and glider ratings. In 1996, he helped launch the XPRIZE Foundation in St. Louis.

Son of Charles Lindbergh

In 2002 Erik retraced his grandfathers epic 1927 New York to Paris solo flight - raising over a million dollars and 500 million pre-social media impressions for XPRIZE.  This 9-year “overnight success” story helped to jump-start the private spaceflight industry and is detailed in the NY Times bestselling book, How to Make a Space Ship, by Julian Guthrie.​

Electic Aircraft

In 2011 Erik awarded the Lindbergh Prize for Quietest Aircraft at the NASA Green Flight Challenge and inspired by the potential for aviation, created Powering Imagination to help accelerate the development of the electric aircraft industry and inspire the next generation of innovators.

Personal Air Taxis

After nearly a decade working on this industry Erik and his partners have started a new company called VerdeGo Aero to build electric vertical take off and landing (eVTOL) Personal Air Taxi's which will transform the way people move around the planet.

Overcoming Obstacles

Erik’s story is one of triumph over adversity. He won the Washington state gymnastics championship at age 11 and excelled in water-skiing, and alpine and telemark ski racing during his teens. After climbing and skiing Mount Rainier at age 21, he was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and by age 30 was completely disabled. Total knee replacements and a breakthrough biotechnology drug gave him a second chance at living a physically active life. Inspired by nature, he is an expert mountain biker and backcountry skier and has been creating unique furniture and sculpture designs for over 25 years.

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Committed to a life of service to future generations, Erik is a passionate public speaker and serves on the Board of Trustees of the XPRIZE Foundation, the Board of Directors of NatureBridge - Olympic National Park, volunteers for the Lindbergh Foundation, and served as a founding Director of the Aviation High School in Seattle which is now ranked the #1 school in the state.

Escape from Gravity: Flying Cars and the Future of Aeronautics

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