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.
3-D Test: 15.2 x 22.9 x 4cm (6 x 9 x 1 9/16 in.)
Plastic, paper, paperboard
A gray plastic model kit unassembled still attached to the trees inside of the original plastic bag. The box is two separate pieces that lift apart. The top of the box is white with a color image of the model set against a blue sky background. Black lettering in the upper left corner reads "Spirit of St. Louis" The upper right corner features a black circle with white lettering "Testors" The decal sheet with the large N-X-211 decals is located in the box outside of the bag. The instruction manual is multiple pages stapled together and written in multiple languages.