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 metal airplane with a free spinning propeller. The top of the wing of the airplane has a profile of Lindbergh in a circle placed in the center of the wing. To the left of the circle is a map of New York and Canada. To the right of the circle is a map of France and Spain. There is a line tracing Lindbergh's flight path from New York to Paris. "Spirit of St. Louis" is carved into the nose of the airplane.