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Designed and built to compete for a $25,000 Prize for the first non-stop flight between New York and Paris, the Spirit of St. Louis was a custom-built single engine, single-seat long range monoplane from  the Ryan Aircraft Company in San Diego. It was flown solo by Charles Lindbergh on 20-21 May 1927 from New York's Long Island to Le Bourget Field in Paris - a distance of nearly 3,600 statute miles (5,800 km) - to win the prize.

This scale replica shows well some of the adaptations made to make this one of the most advanced and aerodynamically streamlined designs of its era. A 14m wingspan, yet a cockpit only 94 cm wide and so small that Lindbergh couldn't stretch his legs. With 5 fuel tanks, there could be no front windshield, and forward visibility was limited to the side windows. N-X-211 was powered by a 223-horsepower 9-cylinder radial engine with a single blade steel propeller. The prop turns on this replica and you can configure the ailerons, rudder and tail.  It carries the original markings: the plane was officially known as the Ryan NYP (for New York to Paris), and named The Spirit of St. Louis in recognition of Lindbergh's hometown supporters. Being a non-standard design, it bore the registration number N-X-211 (for "experimental").

This is a splendid replica model of a very special aircraft.

Further information

The model has a wingspan of 50cm, is 22cm long and stands around 6cm tall.

This is a decoration and not a toy,  It has some moving parts but these are not intended to be played with and we recommend careful handling.

 

This attractive gift comes from AM (Authentic Models), which in its 40 years of trading has developed a unique high quality collection of artefacts and accessories inspired by the early days of aviation, exploration and adventure. Lindbergh and Ryan (NYP) were bound to feature in their collection!

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