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Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis

...Mort Künstler painted this watercolor of Lindbergh’s famous first flight across the Atlantic?

Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis was painted in 1985. On May 21, 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh completed the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in history. Taking off from Roosevelt Field on Long Island, New York, Lindbergh flew his Ryan NYP “Spirit of St. Louis” 5,810 kilometers (3,610 miles) non-stop, arriving in Paris, France in 33 hours and 30 minutes. Lindbergh won a $25,000 prize and became an instant world hero! Künstler describes his research for the painting in the book, The American Spirit - “It is wonderful for an artist to have resources like the Smithsonian Institution. Instead of hunting down old photographs on which to base my likeness, I was able to go to Washington to see the real plane, look at it from every angle, and then paint it from the one I felt worked best.”

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Did You Also Know...?

...Mort Künstler did many paintings of the war in Vietnam?

...Mort Künstler painted the cover for Trail Smoke by Ernest Haycox?

...Mort Künstler painted this threshing scene in 1974?

...Mort Künstler did three paintings for the movie The Taking of Pelham 123?

...Mort Künstler painted the First Rollout of the Enterprise? It was the first painting of the major commission from Rockwell International and NASA to record the development, launch and touchdown of the first Space Shuttle, Columbia.

...Mort Künstler did this painting for the advertising campaign for Bacchus, the after-shave?

...Mort Künstler painted this jaguar and cub in 1974?

...Blind Date by Berta Ruck was one of the first book jackets Mort Künstler did - fresh out of art school?

...Mort Künstler painted this picture of German counterfeiters during World War II?

...Mort Künstler painted this cover for Lucinda Marries the Doctor by Elizabeth Seifert? This was just one of the many covers he did for Elizabeth Seifert’s “Doctor” series.

...Mort Künstler painted the box cover art for Aurora of the Blue Knight?

...Mort Künstler did the painting for this April 1964 cover of Boy’s Life?

...Governor James Gilmore declared March 18, 1999 Mort Kunstler Day in the Commonwealth of Virginia?

...Mort Künstler did his first military drawing at the age of seven?

...Mort Künstler painted this watercolor of Lindbergh’s famous first flight across the Atlantic?

...the cover painting for the Doc Savage book Brand of the Werewolf was painted by Mort Künstler?

...Mort Künstler did this drawing of a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton for Dinosaur Story?

...Mort Künstler did this painting of Jack Dempsey?

...Mort Künstler did this cover painting for Los Conquistadores?

...Mort Künstler illustrated The Field and Stream Guide to Upland Game Birds, by Clare Cloney?

...Mort did this illustration for Newsweek of the arraignment of Patty Hearst?

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