Button, Lindbergh, King Collection


Display Status:

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

Button, Lindbergh, King Collection

Collection Item Summary:

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.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Gift of the Stanley King Family.


Metal, ferrous in nature, fabric, plastic and paper


3-D: 2.9 x 7cm (1 1/8 x 2 3/4 in.)



Physical Description

White button with a small metal plane hanging below suspended by a metal ring and a red, white and blue fabric. The pin has an image of the Spirit of St. Louis overlaid by an image of Lindbergh. Words "KING OF THE AIR" are above the plane and words "OUR HERO CAPT. CHAS A. LINDBERGH" below the plane.


MEMORABILIA-Popular Culture

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