On May 20-21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh literally flew into history when he crossed the Atlantic Ocean in his Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis, thus becoming the first pilot to fly solo and nonstop from New York to Paris. This flight made Lindbergh a household name and catapulted him into fame and celebrity. The objects of popular culture in the National Collection display everything from ashtrays to wristwatches reflect the public adulation for Lindbergh and the powerful commercial response to his celebrity. More than 75 years after the Spirit's historic flight, Lindbergh's name still has the power help sell manufactured goods.
Gift of the Stanley King Family.
Clothing: 74.9 x 68.6cm (29 1/2 x 27 in.)
Cotton, synthetic fabric
An olive colored sweatshirt size "Regular" with an image of Lindbergh's head overlaid on top of a banner with red striped and stars in a blue background. Surrounding the image are two green branches and green text in a circular shape. The text above the image reads "NEW YORK MAY 20TH 1927 PARIS 21 MAI" The text below the image reads "CHARLES A. LINDBERGH 1989 THE COCKPIT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED"