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 gold framed clock with an image of Lindbergh wearing a flight jacket and the Spirit of St. Louis flying over water behind him. The numbers 1 through 12 along with the image have a red tint. The hour and minute hands of the clock are gold and have a decorative curved shape. The second hand has a small bent arrow at one end. The back of the clock has four knobs; two have rings attached to them.