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In early 1927 Charles A. Lindbergh entered the competition for the $25,000 prize offered by Raymond Orteig for the first nonstop flight between New York and Paris.

In February Lindbergh placed an order with Ryan Airlines in San Diego for an aircraft with specifications necessary to make the flight. Lindbergh flew the aircraft from San Diego to New York on May 10—12, making only one stop, at St. Louis.

Lindbergh took off from NY for Paris on the morning of May 20, 1927. Thirty-three hours, 30 minutes, and 3,610 miles later he landed safely at Le Bourget Field, near Paris.

From July 20 until October 23 of that year he took the famous plane on a 48 state tour of the United States.

Then, on December 13, he and the Spirit of St. Louis flew nonstop from Washington to Mexico City; through Central America, Colombia, Venezuela, Puerto Rico; and nonstop from Havana to St. Louis.

This object is in a grouping of items that Charles A. Lindbergh took with him on his 1927-1928 "Good Will" tour of Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean Isles, as well as his non-stop return flight to the St. Louis from Havana, Cuba.

On April 30, 1928, the Spirit of St. Louis made its final flight—from St. Louis to Washington, D.C where Lindbergh presented the aircraft to the Smithsonian Institution.

Display Status This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA Boeing Aviation Hangar
Object Details
Date 1927 Country of Origin United States of America Type PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Medical Manufacturer Johnson & Johnson Inc. Physical Description 1/2 in. x 5 yds. india rubber base adhesive tape on metal spool in 2 in. x 2 in. x 3/4 in. blue box. Materials Box-paper; india rubber base adhesive tape on metal spool
Inventory Number A19330036004 Credit Line Donated by Charles A. Lindbergh Data Source National Air and Space Museum Restrictions & Rights Usage conditions apply
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