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Engine Starter Crank, 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 engine starter hand crank was among the equipment 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. In December 1933, during the latter part of their transatlantic survey flights, 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 crank 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: Overall: 9 1/2 x 18 1/2 x 1 3/8in., 2.6lb. (24.13 x 46.99 x 3.51cm, 1.2kg)

Materials: Metal and wood.

Physical Description:An L shaped tubular metal with a wood covered metal hand grip at one end.

Inventory number: A20030082000

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