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.
Model: 8.9 x 12.7 x 11.7cm, 0.1kg (3 1/2 x 5 x 4 5/8 in., 3/16lb.)
Metal, non ferrous in nature
A metal airplane that has a metal rod attached to the bottom of the airplane in the middle of the body. The rod is threaded at the bottom. The airplane is made from two pieces held together by a metal pin on the bottom of the plane. The top of the wing has raised text that commemorates Lindbergh’s trans-Atlantic flight. The tail has raised text around the vertical surface that reads "Spirit of St. Louis" The airplane has no propeller.