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.
The statue features Lindbergh standing with his hands clasped behind his back. Lindbergh's hair is parted and he is wearing a jacket with a tie. The base that the figure stands on is circular with two steps and has text stamped onto its surface underneath the feet of the figure. "COL. CHARLES A. LINDBERGH NEW YORK TO PARIS - MAY 20, 21 1927 3600 MILES IN 33 1/2 HOURS"