Spirit of St. Louis Reproduction Destroyed

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Summary

A reproduction of the Spirit of St. Louis, the plane that Charles Lindbergh flew in the first solo flight across the Atlantic, is destroyed in a fire at the San Diego Aerospace Museum and Aerospace Hall of Fame. The fire was apparently set by two juveniles. The original airplane is in the National Air and Space Museum.

Subject

  • Lindbergh, Charles A (Charles Augustus) 1902-1974
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • San Diego Aerospace Museum and Aerospace Hall of Fame
  • Spirit of St. Louis (Airplane)

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

"Investigators in San Diego Believe Museum Fire Was Set by Youths," New York Times, February 24, 1978.

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

February 24, 1978

Topic

  • Airplanes
  • Antiquities
  • Aeronautics
  • Fire
  • Museums
  • Vandalism
  • Fires

Place

San Diego (Calif.)

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