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Can, Powdered Milk, 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 can of "KLIM" ("milk" spelled backwards) powdered milk was among the provisions Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, took on their 1933 survey flights across the North and South Atlantic. 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.

In order to lighten their load before their flight across the South Atlantic Ocean, the Lindberghs sent home a few supplies at Lisbon, Portugal, including this can of powdered milk. Charles reasoned that if he and Anne crashed in the Atlantic Ocean, they would not want a lot of dry food which would make them thirsty. They would need more water and less to eat.

Transferred from the USAF Museum

Manufacturer: KLIM

Date: 1931-1933

Dimensions: 3-D: 10.2 x 10.8cm, 0.1kg (4 x 4 1/4 in., 3/16lb.)

Materials: Metal, powdered milk

Physical Description:Painted labeled metal food can

Inventory number: A20030080039

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