One of the very few items Charles Lindbergh carried on his historic non-stop solo trans-Atlantic flight from New York to Paris on May 20-21, 1927 was a letter to James F. Prince, Treasurer of Wright Aeronautical Corporation.
The letter reads, "I am glad to mail you this letter from Paris, upon completion of my non-stop flight from New York to Paris, the first time this flight has been accomplished," he wrote. "This letter was written in New York and was carried by me in the plane during the trip. I felt confident of success as I had the right combination to insure it." It is dated May 16, 1927 five days prior to his trans-Atlantic flight.
The typed letter is signed by Charles A. Lindbergh, on Wright Aeronautical Corporation stationery, along with the letter is a signed Air Mail envelope, originally intended for domestic use, as well as the original US diplomatic pouch envelope in which the missive was brought back to the United States to be delivered to Wright Aeronautical Corporation.
Because of the excess weight of the plane from the enormous amount of fuel needed to make the flight, Lindbergh was unable to bring many personal items with him. Only four letters with covers were carried by Lindbergh on his historic flight.
Gift of the Stanley King Family.
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 55.9 x 33cm (22 x 13 in.)
A letter written by Charles A. Lindbergh and addressed to Mr. James F. Prince of the Wright Aeronautical Company dated May 16 1927 along with two envelopes in which it was carried to Paris and then sent back to the United States.