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 glass globe attached to a wooden base contains a glass replica of the Spirit of St. Louis. The plane is suspended in the middle of the globe by a glass rod attached to the base and the bottom of the airplane. The globe has a small dimple at the top of the glass. The base has a small metal plaque attached just below the front of the plane that reads "Spirit of St. Louis" The bottom of the base is covered by a piece of green felt that has the Mayflower Glass logo.