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: 16.5 x 55.9 x 87.6cm (6 1/2 in. x 22 in. x 34 1/2 in.)
Wood, balsa, plastic
This balsa wood model has been covered by paper that has been painted silver. The windows of the airplane are made from small pieces of clear plastic. The propeller is made from a piece of wood and is free spinning. The ailerons on the wing are both positioned downward. The markings on the plane are water applied decals.