The Spirit of St. Louis

As seen in the National Air & Space Museum in D.C., the Spirit of St. Louis is the single-engine, one-seater monoplane flown solo by Charles Lindbergh on May 20-21, 1927 on the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris; taking off from Roosevelt Airfield in Long Island, New York and landing 33.5 hours later in Le Bourget Aerodrome in Paris, France.

The flags painted on the engine cowling represent the countries Lindbergh visited after that big trip across the Atlantic.  On April 30, 1928, the Spirit of St. Louis made its final flight—from St. Louis, appropriately enough, to Washington, D.C. where Lindbergh presented the aircraft to the Smithsonian Institution.

Just one exposure that I ran some filters…might look like HDR, but it’s not…

  • Camera: Nikon D90
  • Lens: Nikon 18-55mm
  • Focal Length: 98mm from 7.8 meters
  • ISO: 200
  • Bracketing: None
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Shutter: 1/8s
  • Aperture: f/4.5
  • Handheld

2 thoughts on “The Spirit of St. Louis

  1. Hey Ryan,
    This is a fantastic picture. I was wondering if I could discuss with you the possibility of acquiring the rights to this picture for a TV series I’m currently working on. We would be interested in using it for set decoration.
    I couldn’t find any other way to contact you on this page, so hopefully this reaches you.

    My e-mail address should be attached to this comment, hopefully.

    Best regards,

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