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 silver molded piece of plastic in a thin black plastic frame. The plastic is molded with a profile view of the Spirit of St. Louis flying over water. "N-X-211 Ryan" is located on the tail and "Spirit of St. Louis" on the nose. An eagle with outstretched wings and legs is located in the top left corner of the plastic. There is a hole just in front of the wing on the plane.