This object is on display in the Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery exhibition at the National Mall building.
These cans of tomatoes were among the provisions 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. On their trip to the Orient the Lindberghs packed 45 pounds of emergency food provisions. They took more tins of army rations than anything else (since these would sustain them the longest), but Anne also decided to bring tomatoes for their nutritional content. As she remarked to Charles, "they keep you from getting beri-beri. Magellan's men all got beri-beri."
Lodging and meals were provided at the Lindberghs' planned stops, but they still had to consider what they would eat in case of an emergency landing. Since they were traveling over vast expanses of uninhabited territory, an emergency landing would have likely put them hundreds of miles away from the nearest outpost. Always meticulous planners, Charles and Anne considered this possibility and took enough canned rations to last them several weeks.
Transferred from the USAF Museum
Country of Origin: Portugal
Dimensions: 3-D (Each): 10.2 x 7.6cm, 0.3kg (4 x 3 in., 5/8lb.)
Physical Description:Three (3) painted labeled metal food can
Inventory number: A20030080038