What was the famous plane that Charles Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic Ocean?
The Spirit of St. Louis, now on display at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC
Lindbergh flew a specially built Ryan NYP. Lindbergh
liked the Ryan M2, a popular mail plane, ( Lindbergh had been a US
Airmail pilot ) but needed too many special differences for his
Atlantic flight. Ryan Aircraft in San Diego built him the NYP for
$10,800. This had a new Wright Whirlwind J-5C 223-hp radial
engine. Lindbergh had liked the idea of 2 engines for
reliability but a single engine offered less weight and more range.
His NYP was designed to carry 450 gallons of aviation gas.
This would give him over 4,000 miles range. Lindbergh named his
aircraft "Spirit of St. Louis" for his main financial