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.
Roosevelt Field is located on Hempstead Plains, Long Island NY. A World War I airfield, 1917. Originally Hazelhurst, renamed in 1918, in honor of Quentin Roosevelt, son of Theodore Roosevelt killed in combat. (other sources say the airfield was opened adjacent to (East of) Hazelhurst Field.) Civilian field after WWI. The fields were merged and renamed Roosevelt Field in 1929. Charles A. Lindbergh took off from this airfield for Paris on May 21, 1927.