Spirit of St. Louis
1927, Air and Space Museum
A daring flight shrank the world and created the first global celebrity
Author A. Scott Berg writes in our 101 Objects Special Issue:
With recent advancements in radio, newsreels with sound, and transmission of photographs, the flight of the Spirit of St. Louis was the first event to be shared globally in real time. And the impossibly photogenic Lindbergh was the original modern-media superstar—as recognizable in India as in Indiana. Overnight, his plane became the most well-known conveyance since Noah’s Ark.
Read more of Berg's essay.