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: 24 x 1.6 x 21.3cm (9 7/16 x 5/8 x 8 3/8 in.)
Wood, paper, plastic, adhesive, metal
Two sheets of balsa wood inside the box contains scored patterns for the pieces that are glued together to make the model. Two of the pieces have "N-X-211" scored into the wood. Also included in the kit is a bag that has a small metal pin and a square piece of sandpaper. A clear bottle with a red cap contains white glue. An instruction sheet is also included that shows diagrams on how to put the model together. The box is black with a large image of the completed model on the front cover against a blue background. The text "Wood Boutique" appears at the top above the image in red lettering with white outline. The back of the box has a large picture of four model airplanes against a blue background. The Spirit of St. Louis is shown hanging above the rest and is the only model in focus. On all sides of the box is the text "Classic Plane Series NO. 219 Spirit of St. Luis" Louis is misspelled on the box as well as on the instructions.