Sunday, February 15, 2015

Spirit of St Louis Replica at MDC and in St. Louis

Scan0040Untitled 3Untitled 13 The Missouri History Museum FAQ has a good description of this replica: “ This plane is a sister ship that was created by the same manufacturer — Ryan Airlines Corporation—a year later than the original Spirit of St. Louis. This plane was modified to match the Spirit’s exact dimensions for the 1957 movie, The Spirit of St. Louis, starring Jimmy Stewart. Oral histories claim that this plane was flown both by Stewart (a decorated WWII pilot) and by Lindbergh, who served as an advisor for the film. Acquired by the Museum in 1962, the plane was displayed at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport for many years until our 2000 addition created a space for it to be installed at the History Museum.The original plane is in the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.”

This replica has been in St. Louis a long time. The first three photos show it on the McAir ramp several times. The middle photos show it hanging in The Lambert St. Louis airport terminal on May 22, 1976. The last three photos show it hanging in it’s permanent home inside the Missouri History Museum.

Additional photos in it's present home here


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