March 5: The Museum in Washington, DC will open today. Due to weather, the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA is closed.
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.
Metal aircraft model kit that contains pieces to create more than fifteen (15) different types of aircraft. The kit contains two (2) metal wings, two (2) halves of a fuselage, a nose and a box containing 110 small pieces that are used to create different airplanes out of the large pieces. The instruction manual for the kit shows diagrams and instructions on how to build such airplanes and the Spirit of St. Louis, a Martin bomber, Fokker biplane, "The America", a seaplane and more. The box is green and has an image of the Spirit of St. Louis, along with two other aircraft that can be created form the kit, in the center of the box top underneath the black text "The Spirit of St. Louis." The Lyons Metalcraft logo is located in the upper right corner of the box. Below the images of the aircraft is a white panel with black lettering that explains how youth can help solve aviation problems using this kit.