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Lighter, Lindbergh, King Collection


Display Status:

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

Lighter, 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.

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Data Source

National Air and Space Museum


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

Credit Line

Gift of the Stanley King Family.


Metal and paper


3-D: 6 x 2.2 x 9.8cm (2 3/8 x 7/8 x 3 7/8 in.)

Physical Description

A golden oblong lighter with a hinged cap. The outside of the case has a black image of Lindbergh in a flight jacket. The cap has a black oval with the Spirit of St. Louis and black lettering "Spirit of St. Louis" below the airplane. The wheel of the lighter is gray and the wick is white. THe lighter rests in a cardboard box with a space cut out for the lighter. The box has brown sides and a bottom. An image of Lindbergh is in the top left corner of the box top.


MEMORABILIA-Popular Culture

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