Aircraft History

The Ryan NYP (New York-Paris) monoplane was built specially for Charles Lindbergh's May 1927 solo non-stop flight between the two cities. Lindbergh won a US$25,000 prize for the flight and became an international hero. The name 'Spirit of St. Louis' was given to the aircraft to recognise sponsors from that city. The pilot had to use a periscope to see directly ahead over the Wright Whirlwind engine as no windscreen was fitted. Following a tour of Latin America in the aircraft, it was donated to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC where it remains on display in the 'Milestones of Flight' Gallery.

Model History

This 1:16 scale model of the NYP Monoplane was commissioned by the Museum and built by Mr Harold P. Wood in 1963.

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