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Dope Brush, 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.


This horse hair dope brush was among the tools Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, took on their 1933 survey flights across the North and South Atlantic. They used it to apply grease to different parts of the aircraft, which had to be done frequently to keep everything functioning properly.

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. This dope brush was among the tools and supplies they removed and shipped home from Bathurst, Gambia so they could lighten their load and continue.

Transferred from the USAF Museum

Date: 1931-1933

Dimensions: 3-D: 20 x 2.5 x 2.5cm (7 7/8 x 1 x 1 in.)

Materials: Wood, metal, horsehair

Physical Description:A short wooden handle is capped by a metal ring attatched to a thick brush made of horsehair.

Inventory number: A20030073021

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