The Spirit of St. Louis

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The Spirit of St. Louis film poster.

Movie (1957)
French title : L'Odyssée de Charles Lindbergh

Starring:
James Stewart (Charles Lindbergh)
Murray Hamilton (Harlan A. "Bud" Gurney)
Arthur Space (Donald A. Hall)

The Spirit of St. Louis is a 1957 biographical film directed by Billy Wilder and starring James Stewart as Charles Lindbergh. The screenplay was adapted by Charles Lederer, Wendell Mayes, and Billy Wilder from Lindbergh's 1953 autobiographical account of his historic flight, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1954. Along with reminiscences of his early days in aviation, the film depicts Lindbergh's historic 33-hour transatlantic flight in the Spirit of St. Louis monoplane from his take off at Roosevelt Field to his landing at Le Bourget Field in Paris on May 21, 1927.

Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis

Three flying replicas of the NYP were made for the film, along with various static props and models.
According Wikipedia, they were modified Ryan Brougham. One of them is now displayed in the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis.

An NYP replica undergoes test flights in Californa.
An NYP replica immediatley after takeoff, bound for Paris.
An NYP replica replica flying over St. Johns, Newfoundland.
A special effects model depicting an encounter with ice over the north Atlantic.
Jimmy Stewart and an NYP replica upon arrival in Paris.

Airco DH.4B

Lindbergh's airmail flying days are depicted in a flashback sequence in which he attempts to fly in the face of a blizzard.
Same aircraft seen in other movies - IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.
Aircraft operated by Robertson Aircraft Corporation on Contract Air Mail route St Louis-Chicago (CAM-2) for U.S Air Mail in 1926.

A special effects model makes a foggy arrival in Peoria.
A full sized example preparing for departure.

Standard J-1

A number of Standard J-1s appear in flashback sequences depicting Lindbergh's days as a flight instructor and barnstorming pilot.

Instructor Lindbergh tries to teach Father Hussman how to land...
...with predictable results.
As a barnstormer, Lindbergh teams up with Bud Gurney, flying a well worn J-1.
Later, as part of a flying circus, Lindbergh and Gurney fly j-1s with more striking liveries.

Curtiss JN-4

A number of Curtiss JN-4s appear in flashback sequences depicting Lindbergh's days as a barnstorming pilot.

Young Lindbergh trades his motorcycle and $400 for a surplus Jenny.
He earns some of his money back by selling rides to often reluctant passengers.
The Jenny finishes it's days as Lindbergh enlists in the Army.

Standard J

These 2 seaters report for inspection on the flight line at Brooks Field.

SSLArmy-1.jpg
Possibly a Jenny variant?
SSLArmy-3.jpg

Wright-Bellanca WB-2

Registration NX237.
Same aircraft seen in another movie at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

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