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.
Model: 10.2 x 33 x 50.8cm (4 x 13 x 20 in.)
Wood and resin
The model is a silver painted airplane modeled accurately after the Ryan built Spirit of St. Louis. On the nose in black lettering is "Spirit of St. Louis", with "N-X-211" on the wings top right surface and "Ryan NYP N-X-211" on the vertical tail surfaces. The wheels, tail skid and engine cylinders are painted black.