Fishing Line, Lockheed Sirius "Tingmissartoq", Lindbergh

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum
Washington, DC, United States

This bundle of heavy duty fishing line was among the fishing equipment Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, took on their 1931 flight to the Orient. They brought plenty of fishing gear in case they needed to catch their dinner after an emergency landing in the wilderness. In total they took 1 fish net (with an area of 25 feet), 1 fish line, 3 spoon hooks, 9 plain hooks, 6 swivels, and 2 gut cords, and, if necessary, they planned to use parts from the engine (nuts, bolts, etc.) as sinkers.The Lindberghs also packed 45 pounds of emergency food provisions, but this might not have been enough if they had to walk several days or weeks to the nearest outpost after an emergency landing (a likely scenario since they would be flying over vast expanses of uninhabited territory in Canada, Alaska, and Siberia). Charles, always a meticulous planner, considered this scenario and made sure he and Anne had means of procuring fresh food as well. Since they would by flying over water for much of the way, they could usually count on fish being available.The Lindberghs never had to use any of their fishing equipment during their trip to the Orient. Fog or darkness occasionally forced them to land before their planned destination, but they were always close enough to civilization that a can of beans could hold them over until their next proper meal.

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