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.
Silver metal automotive hood ornament, the artistic composition is that of a toga clad female figure (torso)entwined with leaves (olive) she is holding aloft in her left hand a model of the Spirit of St. Louis, the figures hair is flowing back along the fuselage, a vertical oriented circular medallion with the General Motors, Chevrolet corporate emblem above all below this it reads "Quota Trophy October 1927" it is mounted on plexiglas stand, which may not be original as the hood ornament seems to have been constructed to fit on the top of a car rather than this stand.