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File, Lockheed Sirius "Tingmissartoq", Lindbergh

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

This file was among the tools Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, took on their 1933 survey flights across the North and South Atlantic. They used it to smooth the propeller tips after heavily loaded takeoffs. This was just one of many maintenance tasks they had to perform everyday to keep their airplane running properly.In December 1933, during the latter part of their trip, the Lindberghs made several unsuccessful takeoff attempts for their flight from Africa to South America as calm winds and seas would not allow their heavily loaded plane to rise. This file was among the tools and supplies they removed and shipped home from Bathurst, Gambia so they could lighten their load and continue.

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