Walter M. Jefferies, Jr. inked another masterpiece for the June 1957 issue of American Modeler - the
Spirit of St. Louis. This 5-view drawing reveals many details of airframe
components, fittings, and rigging. Much more detailed plans are available from sources like the
Plans Service if you are thinking about building a version of "Lucky Lindy's" famous aeroplane.
Interestingly, the August 2016 issue of the Smithsonian's
Air & Space magazine reported on a pair of pliers discovered under the
floorboard of the cabin. Mr. John Norman, owner of JNE Aircraft, made the discovery while at the museum making measurements.
He was using a video boroscope, donated by RF
System Lab, in search of Lindbergh's missing log book when he found them lying out of visual
"Spirit of Saint Louis" Ryan N-Y-P 5-View
Scale Presentation by Walter M. Jefferies, Jr.
"The book 'Spirit of St. Louis' by Charles A. Lindbergh (C. Scribner's
Sons) served as final authority for all measurements shown on the
illustration. Our sincere thanks go to Mr. Paul Garber, Curator,
National Air Museum, for technical assistance and advice." - W.
M. J., Jr.
Other materials available on Ryan N-Y-P: "Air Progress" (1956/57
edition) with color photo of James Stewart (as Lindbergh) and replica
"Spirit" - plus plane search story; Hobby Helpers' wall chart cutaway
and plans of scale control line or free flight model.
The AMA Plans Service offers a
full-size version of many of the plans show here at a very reasonable cost. They
will scale the plans any size for you. It is always best to buy printed plans because
my scanner versions often have distortions that can cause parts to fit poorly. Purchasing
plans also help to support the operation of the
Academy of Model Aeronautics - the #1
advocate for model aviation throughout the world. If the AMA no longer has this
plan on file, I will be glad to send you my higher resolution version.
Try my Scale Calculator for
Model Airplane Plans.
Posted November 12, 2016