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.
3-D Test: 21.6 x 7.6 x 19.7cm (8 1/2 x 3 x 7 3/4 in.)
Paper, plastic, adhesive
A white box with a light blue bottom. In the center of one side is a blue box with blue lettering "Legends in Flight" There are light blue images of various aircraft including a B-17, Piper Cub and F-14 Tomcat set against the white background. The bottom of the box has a sticker featuring a profile outline of the Spirit of St. Louis.