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Small Piece of Fabric from Charles Lindbergh’s Airplane, the Spirit of St. Louis

A rare piece of aviation history: a piece of the original fabric from the fuselage of Charles A. Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, acquired just after his historic 1927 solo trans-Atlantic flight.

$1875  #10695

Before he had got the door of his plane open, the first great wave of humanity had crashed over him, keeping him from even putting a foot on the ground. Arms grabbed him, rendering him helpless as he floated over the sea of heads…” — from Lindbergh, by A. Scott Berg

During this celebration, the thousands of elated spectators who rushed to his aircraft started tearing off pieces as souvenirs. The damage was so extensive that almost the entire fabric of the fuselage had to be replaced. This piece was acquired from famous aviation collector Harry Block who said it came from Sgt. James Tate, who secured this piece of the “skin” when he repaired the holes which French souvenir hunters tore in the aircraft. Extremely Rare! Several additional items will also be included with the piece of fabric, which measures roughly ¼” x ¼”:    

1.      An 8 x 10, black/white photo of Lindbergh standing in front of the Spirit of St. Louis

2.     Rare card stock commemorative Air Mail cover, folded in half, 6.75 x 7, honoring Col. Lindbergh’s one year anniversary flight as an Air Mail pilot with Pacific Air Transport, September 15, 1927, less than 4 months after his famous flight and bears an original Spirit of St. Louis 10 cent Air Mail stamp. Inside is a printed map with Pacific Air Transport route traced in red to coastal cities. It is hand signed by a representative of News Publishing Co on verso which announces the publication of Lindbergh’s autobiography, We (1936).

3.     A full sheet of 50 USA 13 cent stamp, picturing the Spirit of St. Louis, honoring the 50th Anniversary Solo Transatlantic Flight

4.     A brass plaque, 7 x 1.75, inscribed “CHARLES A. LINDBERGH (1902-1974), American Aviator Who Made The First Solo, Nonstop Transatlantic Flight In May 1927.”

All five items are in fine condition and ready to assemble into an amazing presentation of aviation history.

Charles Augustus Lindbergh (February 4, 1902 – August 26, 1974), nicknamed Lucky Lindy, and The Lone Eagle, 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 nonstop flight from Long IslandNew York, to Paris. He covered the 33 12-hour, 3,600 statute miles (5,800 km) alone in a single-engine purpose-built Ryan monoplane, Spirit of St. Louis. This was the first solo transatlantic flight and the first non-stop flight between North America and mainland Europe. 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. He also won the Pulitzer Prize for his autobiography, The Spirit of St. Louis (1953). 

 $1875   #10695