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Medal, Commemorative, Lindbergh, King Collection

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

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

Rights

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

Manufacturer

Whitehead-Hoag Co.

Credit Line

Gift of the Stanley King Family.

Materials

Metal

Dimensions

3-D: 8.1cm, 0.2kg (3 3/16 in., 1/2lb.)

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Physical Description

A round medal with an image of a woman with outstretched arms holding a shield looking upward at the Spirit of St. Louis flying over her head. She is flanked by the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower. The reverse of the medal features the Spirit of St. Louis flying over a word peeking through the clouds. A dashed line runs from New York to Paris. There is text below the clouds "Commemorating the First New York Paris flight"

Type

MEMORABILIA-Popular Culture

Inventory Number

A20040290003