Lockheed 8 Sirius "Tingmissartoq"

Lockheed 8 Sirius "Tingmissartoq"

In 1931, Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh flew to the Orient in this Lockheed Sirius - the first aircraft to reach the Far East by way of the "great circle route". Lindbergh described their trip as a vacation, with "no start or finish, no diplomatic or commercial significance, and no records to be sought". In 1933, while Lindbergh was technical advisor for Pan American Airways, the Lindberghs used the same Sirius to cross the Atlantic, researching flight paths for Pan American Airways. In Godthaab, Greenland, an Eskimo boy named the aircraft Tingmissartoq, meaning "one who flies like a bird". The aircraft bears this name, painted on the side by the same Eskimo boy.

Located in the "Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery."

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  • Source: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
  • Photographer: Eric Long
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