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Get a close-up look at the Spirit of St Louis

Spirit of St Louis at the Smithsonian, Washington DC.
Spirit of St Louis at the Smithsonian, Washington DC. Image by Clara S. / CC BY 2.0

Visitors to Washington, DC are getting a rare chance to get a close-up look at the Spirit of St Louis, the single-engine monoplane that Charles Lindbergh flew from New York to Paris in 1927. It was the first solo trans-Atlantic flight ever made and the 26-year-old pilot (and his plane) have been heroes of flight ever since.The plane was lowered from its usual spot up near the ceiling of the museum on Thursday and will be positioned at ground level for the next eight months as it goes through a program of renovation. The aircraft is expected to be in full view for the entire period and even though it is still not possible to touch it, details of the fuselage, fabric skin and seat of the plane will be just feet away from the public making it much easier to imagine what that historic 33 ½ hour flight was really like. Read more: washingtonpost.com