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.
A metal glider with a yellow wing, that has red lettering "Lindy Glider", attached to a red metal frame body. The pilot figure sits in front of the wing with his feet resting on a metal bar. Two wheels are attached to bar that is located underneath the pilot's seat. The toy is made of three pieces of metal, the body and half of the pilot are one single piece of red metal, the wing is a piece of yellow metal and the other half of the pilot is one piece of red metal. A pin runs though the middle of the pilot holding the toy together. The metal is ferrous.