Spirit of St.Louis 聖路易精神號
「我對於我成功登陸法國對全世界的巨大影響感到驚訝，這就像把篝火點燃一般。」林白在1927 年成功獨自由紐約飛到巴黎後寫下這段話。以 33.5 小時飛行 3600 公里橫越大西洋當然代表勇敢和耐力，但他的這架 Ryan NYP 聖路易精神號同樣充滿英雄氣概。它是一架由林白家鄉密蘇里州聖路易斯支持者們贊助的單次飛機，以最輕便省油的方式設計製造，作為當時最符合空氣動力學的飛機，它採用焊接鋼管機身和木框架機翼，除了引擎後方的合金整流罩以外，它通體覆蓋銀色的帆布。為了符合前方油箱與主油箱的設計，飛機無法安裝擋風玻璃，這表示林白必須傾斜飛機，飛行時才能從側面窗戶看向前方。高瘦的林白也必須屈著雙腿坐在狹窄座艙的柳條座椅上；儘管不舒服，也讓他更加清醒。林白在多種引擎當中選擇了三具二百二十匹馬力萊特旋風型引擎，以便降低故障風險並維持更長的航程。令人驚訝的是，聖路易精神號只用了 60 天、花費 $10,580 就建造完成。
單翼飛機 輕型機體 長型機翼
“I was astonished by the effect my successful landing in France had on the nations of the world. It was like a match lighting a bonfire” wrote Charles Lindberg of his 1927 solo, non-stop flight from New York to Paris. Of course, Lindberg’s prize-winning, 33.5 hour, 3,600 mile flight across the Atlantic is the very definition of bravery and endurance, but his Ryan “NYP” monoplane is no less heroic. Built as a one-off aircraft, and funded mostly by supporters in Lindberg’s hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, the Ryan “New York to Paris” was built as light and fuel efficient as possible. One of the most aerodynamic aircraft of its day, the “NYP” utilised a welded steel tube fuselage with wood framed wings. With the exception of the alloy cowling behind the engine, the plane was covered in silver-painted cloth. To accommodate the forward and main fuel tanks, the windshield had to be eliminated. This meant Lindberg had to skew the plane to look out the side windows to see forward during flight. Tall and lanky Lindberg also had to contend with a cramped cockpit so small he couldn’t straighten his legs, and a wicker seat so uncomfortable it kept him awake. A single 9 cylinder, 223 hp, Wright J-5 Whirlwind engine was chosen over multiple engines, as Lindberg felt the single engine would reduce the risk of failure and allow a greater range. Astonishingly, the Spirit of St Louis was constructed in only 60 days, at a cost of $10,580.
The Spirit of St. Louis
1927 年 5月20日，25歲的林白獨自駕著簡陋的單引擎單翼聖路易精神號（The Spirit of St. Louis）單人飛機從紐約起飛，並在33小時30分鐘後飛抵巴黎，成為航空史上首位單人不著陸飛越大西洋的飛行員。