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Bottles, Citronella oil, Lockheed Sirius "Tingmissartoq", Lindbergh

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This object is on display in the Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery exhibition at the National Mall building.


These bottles of citronella oil were among the supplies Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, took on their 1933 survey flights across the North and South Atlantic. They frequently used citronella oil to protect against mosquitoes and other insects. It was especially useful in Greenland and Scandinavia where mosquitoes could be a nuisance while the Lindberghs were servicing their plane.

In December 1933, during the latter part of their trip, the Lindberghs made several unsuccessful takeoff attempts for their flight from Africa to South America as calm winds and seas would not allow their heavily loaded plane to rise. These bottles of citronella oil were among the supplies they removed and shipped home from Bathurst, Gambia so they could lighten their load and continue. They purchased a can of insecticide spray in Brazil to replace the citronella oil they sent home. Since they were planning to fly up the Amazon River Basin, a vast jungle where contracting malaria would have likely been fatal, this was probably a wise purchase.

Transferred from the USAF Museum

Manufacturer: The Judd Mason Co.
Acme Manufacturing Co.

Date: 1931-1933

Dimensions: Overall: 5 5/8 x 13/16in., 0.6lb. (14.29 x 2.06cm, 0.3kg)

Materials: Glass

Physical Description:Two glass bottles, one with a metal screw on cap and the other with a cork. Both bottles still contain liquid.

Inventory number: A20030068055

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