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Emergency rations, 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 emergency rations were among the supplies Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, took on their 1933 survey flights across the North and South Atlantic. According to their label, each ration could "sustain a normal person for 24 hours." But it would have taken the Lindberghs much longer than that to reach the nearest outpost if they crashed on the Greenland Ice Cap, a vast expanse of barren wilderness hundreds of miles wide. Accordingly, they brought several cans of emergency rations, plus a sled to carry them all. The Lindberghs made it safely over Greenland, however, and never had to use the rations. They shipped them home at Lisbon, Portugal to lighten their aircraft's load.

Transferred from the USAF Museum

Manufacturer: Pan American Airways

Date: 1931-1933

Dimensions: 3-D: 7.3 x 3.8 x 11.7cm, 0.7kg (2 7/8 x 1 1/2 x 4 5/8 in., 1 9/16lb.)

Materials: metal

Physical Description:2 metal emergency ration boxes

Inventory number: A20030072026

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