Category: Motoring & Aviation
Spirit of St. Louis Model Plane.
A metal aeroplane car mascot 'Spirit of St Louis'. The mascot was inspired by Charles Lindbergh Transatlantic flight, New York to Paris. It has been mounted upon an art-deco turned aluminium stepped base.
Charles Augustus Lindbergh (1902 - 1974), was an American aviator, military officer, author, inventor, explorer, and environmental activist. At age 25 in 1927, he went from obscurity as a U.S. Air Mail pilot to instantaneous world fame by winning the Orteig Prize: making a non-stop flight from Roosevelt Field, Long Island, New York, to Paris, France. Lindbergh covered the 33 1⁄2-hour, 3,600 statute miles (5,800 km) alone in a single-engine purpose-built Ryan monoplane, Spirit of St. Louis. This was not the first flight between North America and Europe, but he did achieve the first solo transatlantic flight and the first non-stop flight between North America and the European mainland. Lindbergh was an officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps Reserve, and he received the United States' highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for the feat.
taken from wikipedia.