Spirit of St Louis 1/16 Scale Model Kit Wingspan: 34.5". Includes die-cut balsa parts, propeller, tissue, realistic plastic details, full-scale diagrams, step-by step directions, landing gear wire and wheels, and decal sheets. For ages 12 up. MADE IN USA.
Just after dawn on May 20th Charles Lindberg took off from Roosevelt Field, New York in a single engine plane so laden with fuel that it barely cleared telephone lines at the end of the runway. 27 hours later he landed in Paris after completing the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris.
The Spirit of St. Louis was built specifically for the flight with the capacity to carry 450 gallons of fuel located in front of the pilot - completely eliminating any view forward from the plane in flight. Its engine was a state of the art nine cylinder Wright radial engine that was designed to run for 40 hours without needing any internal lubrication (most engines of the day required a mechanic or pilot to lubricate the exterior of the engine before every flight). The fuselage of the plane was fabric over metal frames while the wings were fabric over wooden frames.