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 hollow wooden airplane with fixed wheels and a free spinning propeller. The decal on the right side of the tail has a stripe of silver paint covering it up. A small figure can be seen inside the fuselage through the two windows on either side of the fuselage below the wing. The window on top of the wing is divided into six sections by silver paint.