If Charles Lindbergh had not made his revolutionary flight across the Atlantic in 1927,endless days onboard ship to Europe could still be a reality. The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Lindbergh's historic flight by hosting a series of events in May.
From today through May 23,the museum will show rare footage of the flight,discuss the misconceptions about the trip,have hands-on activities for kids,and exhibit his helmet and jacket among other artifacts. Best of all the actual plane,the Spirit of St. Louis,is dangling in the “Milestones of Flight Gallery.” Lindbergh presented the plane to the museum in 1928. It was bought for a dollar and all that Lindbergh asked was that it was preserved forever.
In addition to the celebration,the museum will publish “Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of the St. Louis,” a book written by Dominick Pisano,chairman of the museum's aeronautics division,and Robert van der Linden,curator,with a forward written by Lindbergh's daughter,Reeve Lindbergh.
“The Wright Brothers began it but Lindbergh's flight sparked aviation industry and the trust in aviation as a business and as a means of transportation,” said Reeve Lindbergh,on hand for the opening of the exhibit.
“He spent his whole life in the field of aviation and the Spirit of St. Louis was just the beginning.”
The Lindbergh events are part of the museum's continuing 25th anniversary celebration,which began in summer 2001. Although special events end in May,Lindbergh artifacts can be viewed through Sept,11.
For more information,call 202-357-1552.