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Clock, 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.

Summary

This clock was part of the instrument panel of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh's Lockheed Sirius aircraft when they purchased it in 1929. It was onboard the Sirius in 1930 when the Lindberghs set a coast-to-coast speed record and in 1931 when they flew to the Orient by way of the Great Circle route to the north.

At the end of their 1931 trip to the Orient, the Lindberghs' Sirius, which had been converted into a floatplane with pontoons, capsized at Hankow, China while being lowered into the Yangtze River from the British aircraft carrier "Hermes." The damaged aircraft had to be returned to the United States for repairs, ending the Lindberghs' 1931 flight. The instrument board clock was removed for cleaning after the incident and was never reinstalled.

Transferred from the USAF Museum

Manufacturer: Pioneer Instrument Co.

Date: 1931-1933

Country of Origin: United States of America

Dimensions: 3-D: 3.8cm (1 1/2 in.)
Other (Face): 8.9cm (3 1/2 in.)

Materials: Metal, and glass

Physical Description:Cylindrical shaped panel mounted instrument, with white luminous figures on black face.

Inventory number: A20030075002

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