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 body, wing and tail of this hood ornament are made from one piece of shaped metal. The propeller and wheels are free spinning. A threaded bolt has been attached underneath the tail where the skid would normally be. The top of the wing and the nose have text engraved on their surfaces that dedicate this ornament to Lindbergh for his transatlantic flight.