Charles Lindbergh's Aircraft

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  1. Njaco

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    #1 Njaco, Mar 5, 2013
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    Along the lines of my other threads like "Members Mustangs", I want to have everyone post pics of Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis or any replica or even any aircraft that he may have flown. And there were many! This is a short list that I've put together:

    Of course the original fabric covered, single-seat, single-engine "Ryan NYP" high-wing monoplane (CAB registration: N-X-211) The Spirit of St. Louis currently resides in the National Air and Space Museum as part of the collection of the Smithsonian Institution.

    Terminal 1-Lindbergh at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport was named after him, and a replica of The Spirit of St. Louis hangs there.

    Another such replica hangs in the great hall of the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis.

    San Diego's Lindbergh Field, which is also known as San Diego International Airport, was named after him and also displays a replica of the San Diego-built Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis.

    His Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny" biplane now on display at the Cradle of Aviation Museum located in Garden City, New York.

    Now these are known. What isn't known is if any of the planes he flew during WWII still exist. They include:

    A a Curtiss P-36 fighter which he flew in 1939-40.

    A Marine Vought F4U Corsair that he flew with VMF-222 on his first combat mission. He was also flying with VMF-216.

    A P-38 that he flew during a bomber escort mission with the 433rd Fighter Squadron, 475th Fighter Group, Fifth Air Force.

    His grandson also flew a single engine, two seat Lancair Columbia 200 for the 75th anniversary flight of his grandad's flight.

    If anyone has taken any actual pics or has made a model of these planes, post them!! I don't want other, general pics - only pics taken by members!!

    and to start off, here is a pic I took of SoSL at the National Air and Space Museum in 1994.

    LETS SEE THEM PICS!!!

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    The Holy Grail of Charles Lindbergh's Aircraft N-X-211

    At the Smithsonian Air Space Museum

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    Jeez, Steve - looks like you and I were standing at almost the exact spot!
     
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    I stayed in DC a summer in 1960, that's 16 years before the Air and Space Museum opened. Then the Spirit of St. Louis hung in the old Science and Industry Museum, only about 10 foot above the floor, you could get a real close view then. At that time the Aerospace Museum was in a large quonset hut. It had mostly models and dioramas.
     
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    #5 Poor Old Spike, Mar 5, 2013
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    Charles and Anne Lindbergh in their Lockheed Sirius
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    as above
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    Charles and Anne's Yangtse River China prang in their Sirius
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    Lindbergh and Anne arriving at East Boston
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    Lindbergh brings mail from Sth America to Miami, Sikorky seaplane
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    Charles and Anne prang
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    At San Diego
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    Lindbergh in his air mail days
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    At East Boston
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    In his glider
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    In a Jenny, 1923
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    Spirit-St-Lou.jpg



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    At Washington D.C.
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    Lindbergh's Lockheed Sirius wheeled version
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    Nice pics Spike but I'm looking for pics that members have taken. Thanks.
     
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    Thanks to Spike, it looks like there is also a Lockheed Sirius floatplane that he flew that is on display at the NASM.

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    Oops sorry, I'll try to find the delete button to get rid of my posts..;)
     
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    No, no, leave them! :) Its all good!
     
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    Good stuff guys!
     
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    Hi Guys, to add to your list of surviving Lindbergh aeroplanes, Chris, there's this one at the RAF Museum, Hendon. This is a Miles Mohawk that Lindy specifically ordered to his requirements andmade a few long distance flights in it from the UK. Lindy gifted it to the British government before WW2 and during the war was impressed into RAF service, hence its presence at the RAF Museum.

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    Somewhere I have pictures of the NYP and the Lockheed Sirius floatplane at NASM... Just gotta find them...
     
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    Excellent nuuman!
     
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    here's the promised picture i shot of Lindbergh's Mohawk

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    Alright!
     
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    #18 nuuumannn, Mar 25, 2013
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    Nice, Rochie. Looks like they've moved Milestones around since I was last there. Here are a couple of the NYP (to add to those already here) and of the Lockheed Sirius also at the Mall.

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    Looks like we all kinda stand in the same place.
     
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    Funny how so many of us have stood in exactly the same spot at some time or other. It's THE place to be, Chris! :)
     
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