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 hollow gray airplane with a brown nose and black and yellow wheels held on by screws. "Spirit of St. Louis" in black lettering appears on the nose above a series of small flags. Three horizontal lines are painted black on the top of the wing. "N-X-211" has been painted black on the top and bottom of the wing at opposite ends. The nose cone and propeller detach from the nose of the plane with a small cork attached to the inside of the cone. A hole at the front of the nose allows the decanter to be filled and the cork on the cone to be inserted to seal the bottle.