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Canteen, 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 canteen was among the gear Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, took on their 1931 flight to the Orient and 1933 survey flights across the North and South Atlantic. They took multiple large canteens on their trips to stay hydrated during their long flights. On their 1931 trip to the Orient they brought two 2-gallon canteens and one 1-gallon canteen, which weighed a total of 57 pounds when filled with water. By comparison, all of the food the Lindberghs took on their 1931 trip weighed a total of 45 pounds.

The thick wool cover on this canteen was actually meant to keep the liquids inside cool. After the cover was soaked with water, evaporation would gradually cool the steel canteen and its contents, just as perspiration cools the body.

Transferred from the USAF Museum

Date: 1931-1933

Dimensions: 3-D: 8.9 x 26.7cm, 0.9kg (3 1/2 x 10 1/2 in., 2lb.)

Materials: Metal, canvas, wool

Physical Description:Round container with canvas strap for holding water

Inventory number: A20030080012

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