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.
Model: 5.1 x 18.4 x 28.6cm (2 in. x 7 1/4 in. x 11 1/4 in.)
A silver metal model with black struts and free spinning wheels and a propeller. "N-X-211" is in black lettering on both the left and right side of the top and underside of the wing. The vertical tail has "N-X-211 RYAN NYP" in black lettering and "Spirit of St. Louis" is in black lettering on both sides of the nose. The windows on both sides of the fuselage are open and do not have plastic.