The Spirit of St. Louis (Registration: N-X-211) is the custom-built, single engine, single-seat monoplane that was flown solo by Charles Lindbergh on May 20–21, 1927, on the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris for which Lindbergh won the $25,000 Orteig Prize.
Lindbergh took off in the Spirit from Roosevelt Airfield, Garden City (Long Island), New York and landed 33 hours, 30 minutes later at Aéroport Le Bourget in Paris, France, a distance of approximately 3,600 miles (5,800 km.).
Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis is one of the best known airplanes in the world. The airplane’s transatlantic flight brought fame to T. Claude Ryan, whose name is connected to the company that built it–Ryan Airlines, the original Ryan company. But, although the names “Ryan” and “Ryan Airlines” appear on the plane, history has overlooked the other name closely intertwined with the legend of “Lucky Lindy” and his Spirit–Benjamin Franklin Mahoney, owner of Ryan Airlines.