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Encyclopedia > The Spirit of St. Louis

This article is about an aircraft. See The Spirit of St. Louis (disambiguation) for similarly named things.

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Illustration of the Spirit of St. Louis

The Spirit of St. Louis is the airplane used by Charles Lindbergh to make the first single-handed, non-stop trans-Atlantic flight.


Also known as the Ryan NYP, it is a custom design by Donald Hall of Ryan Airlines based on the Ryan M-2. Although designed for its successful New York to Paris flight and built in San Diego, it was named after St. Louis because of financial backing from that city. The flight was inspired by and won the $25,000 Orteig Prize.

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The Spirit of St. Louis on display in 2004.

The Spirit of St. Louis is currently on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.


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