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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.

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

Boeing Aviation Hangar
Object Details
Type MEMORABILIA-Popular Culture Physical Description The game is printed on the inside of the box. The top half of the game board is yellow with 33 vertical spaces divided by orange lines. The first space is marked "New York" in orange and has a silhouette of the State of Liberty. The last space is marked "Pairs" in orange and has an image of the Eiffel Tower. The spaces in-between are blank except for the numbers 1 through 31 marked at the top and bottom of the space in orange. The bottom of the game board is blue and has several ships moving between New York and Paris. The spinner for the game is circular with a metal pointer affixed in the center of the spinner that can spin. The spaces on the spinner are marked with text and numbers that tell the player how far they can move when the pointer is spun. The instructions for the game are printed next to the spinner in white. There are four metal airplanes that are the pieces, each a different color; blue, green, black and purple. The cover of the box was designed by Ross Coles in 1927 and has an image of the Spirit of St. Louis flying above turbulent waves with the text "New York to Paris the Airplane Game" printed above the aircraft. Dimensions 3-D: 43.8 x 1.3 x 31.1cm, 0.3kg (17 1/4 x 1/2 x 12 1/4 in., 5/8lb.)
Materials Paper, metal
Inventory Number A20040289056 Credit Line Gift of the Stanley King Family. Data Source National Air and Space Museum Restrictions & Rights Usage conditions apply
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