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.
The model kit has prescored pieces on sheets of balsa wood that are numbered to help in building the model. Also included in the kit are various plastic pieces such as the nose and propeller. This model can be built to fly either by remote control or by rubber band. A rubber band kit is included in a small green plastic bag that includes instructions for mounting the rubber band to the kit. Water mount decals are included with the kit that are printed black on a piece of light blue paper. The instruction manual for the kit contains diagrams of individual steps as well as an overall image of the finished kit. The box for the kit is red with an image of the Spirit of St. Louis on the box top. In the bottom right corner under the wing of the image is a photograph of the finished model kit printed onto the box. The side of the box shows the features of the model, including the movable pieces and the scale propeller. 1/16 Scale.