March 5: The Museum in Washington, DC will open today. Due to weather, the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA is closed.
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.
A silver plastic model airplane inside of its original box. The box has a blue label on top with yellow lettering "Bachman Mini-Planes" The plane have a moving propeller and a deal on the right of the wing "N-X-211" The back of the box has the same blue label at the top. Below the label is an image of the Spirit of St. Louis flying in the sky along with the specs of the plane, such as length wingspan, scale, speed and engine.