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This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.


On May 20-21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh literally flew into history when he crossed the Atlantic Ocean in his Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis, thus becoming the first pilot to fly solo and nonstop from New York to Paris. This flight made Lindbergh a household name and catapulted him into fame and celebrity. The objects of popular culture in the National Collection display everything from ashtrays to wristwatches reflect the public adulation for Lindbergh and the powerful commercial response to his celebrity. More than 75 years after the Spirit's historic flight, Lindbergh's name still has the power help sell manufactured goods.

Gift of the Stanley King Family.

Manufacturer: The Welpley-Shea Co.

Dimensions: 3-D: 29.2 x 29.4 x 6.4cm (11 1/2 x 11 9/16 x 2 1/2 in.)

Materials: Metal, ferrous in nature, wood and paper

Physical Description:The box for the game is shaped like a wedge with the top of the box folding at the thinnest side. The top of the box has an image of the Statue of Liberty in the upper right corner. The Statue has a red face and arm and the dress and crown are green. An airplane in the center of the box is red with three green stripes on the top of the wing. A small image of the Eiffel Tower is located in the bottom right corner. The game itself is divided into two sections. The section on the box top has three columns of alternating red and green circles. Inside the circles are names of locations such as Rome Ocean Paris and Hawaii. The upper section of the game has three magnets mounted on top of the wooden frame. A metal rod fits into two holes in the frame and another magnet is hung from this rod. The paper section of the game has a map of the world showing the routes taken by Chamberlin, Byrd, Lindbergh and Maitland. Three green spaces just below the map are each marked with a different airfield and have a space for one of the games metal airplane pieces to be places on. The magnet hanging from the rod is swung from behind the airplane and if successful picks up the airplane and deposits it on the magnet opposite from the plane.

Inventory number: A20040289041

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