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: 24.8 x 35.9cm (9 3/4 in. x 14 1/8 in.)
Metal and plastic
A light blue and white striped metal airplane. The top of the wing has an alternating pattern of a thin white striped next to a wide blue stripe. The fuselage has alternating blue and white stripes running from front to back on the plane. Doors are open on both sides of the plane. One side of the plane has a figure leaning out of the doorway holding onto the door. This figure resembles Lindbergh wearing a flight jacket, goggles and cap. Two small metal rings are located on the top of the wing.