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.