Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Charles Lindbergh and The Spirit of St. Louis

On this day, 81 years ago, May 20–21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh rose from virtual obscurity to world fame as the result of his exploits as the pilot of the first nonstop Transatlantic Flight from New York (Roosevelt Field) to Paris (Le Bourget Field) made in the single seat, single engine aircraft named the "Spirit of St. Louis".

Charles Lindbergh with the Spirit of St. Louis 1927.

Ryan NYP airplane, Dayton, Ohio, August 5, 1927.

Lindbergh with the Spirit of St. Louis 1927. (Photo New York Public Library)

Part of the funding for the Spirit of St. Louis came from Lindbergh's own earnings as an Air Mail pilot over the year before his nonstop flight to Paris. (The Cooper Collections)

Original 1927 French Postcard.

Ryan NYP (Replica) Paris - Le Bourget, France, June 1987.

Program cover for "WE" Banquet for Charles Lindbergh given by the Mayor's Committee on Receptions of the City of New York on June 14, 1927. (The Cooper Collections)

Welcome Home Charles Lindbergh - Original 1927 Lapel Pin Button.

Stamp issued on June 18th, 1927 by the United States Post Office Department as a tribute to Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh.

Charles Lindbergh & wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh - September 13th, 1929.

National Chicle Company - Chewing Gum Trading Card. Copyright 1934.

Ford Tri-Motor (Tin Goose - N7584). First Sold To American Airlines in 1928, this plane was flown by Charles Lindbergh for American Airlines. He flew Henry Ford on his first and only plane ride. This plane was later used in commuter service in the Cleveland area and, around 1980 was sold to a private pilot for tourist rides. Sold at auction in October 1991 for around "ONE MILLION DOLLARS".


Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Thanks for all the great photo’s and information. The cancelled check is super, I love that kinda stuff! I’ve been to Lindbergh’s grave site in Maui, it’s one heck of trek to get there, but awesome to see and well worth it.

Barry Friedman said...

You have a very nice area for Charles Lindbergh. I flew out to Hawaii to leave the original version of the burial ceremony at the church in Hana which I had collected. You may also see a small part of my collection since you were so enthusiastic about the check from the Spirit of St. Louis project which is referred to as the Robertson collection. Enjoy what you see as they are very interesting. Here is the URL to get to them them directly.


yours in flight,

Barry Friedman

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Hi Barry, I took a look at your collection. Very, very nice. Richard.

Barry Friedman said...

Thank you very much. Very kind words. If you supply me with your direct e-mail address I will be more than happy to have further discussions as I do not want everything in a blog.

I assume this is your website?

Please let me know by e-mail. I may be reached directly at vcwceo@gmail.com