Monthly Archives: April 2015

A Peek Inside the Spirit of St. Louis

One of the most famous airplanes in history, the Ryan NYP “Spirit of St. Louis” in which Charles Lindbergh made the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris in 1927, has been lowered from its usual suspended position in the National Air and Space Museum for renovation work.  Enthusiasts fortunate to visit at this time get a close look at this priceless relic.  These photos from early April 2015 show the plane with its nose panels removed, revealing the fuel tank that occupied the entire nose of the plane, depriving Lindbergh of any direct view forward.  I assume these panels are being restored to their original silver color, having yellowed as a result of the wrong choice of preservative being applied during a previous restoration.  The plane currently sits on modern wheels with the tail propped up by a stand to relieve stress on the almost 90-year-old landing gear parts. 

Like Bikes?

A vacant retail space at 285 Madison Avenue (corner of East 40th Street) in Manhattan currently contains an eye-catching display of twenty-six vintage Italian motorcycles by Ducati, Agusta and LaVerda.  Installed by a collector who is a friend of the property owner, the exhibit goes by the name of “The Stuart Parr Collection: Art of the Italian Two Wheel” and public access will be afforded starting April 18.  For now, you can look in the window.

I’m not very into the aesthetics of motorcycles.  The format strikes me as allowing little scope for artistic expression.  Still, these are nice bikes, and I’m given to understand that some of them are among the most collectible in the world.  Definitely worth a look if you’re wandering around midtown.