World War II Airplane Playing Cards
- 52 cards
- Suitable for all card games
This facsimile airplane spotter playing card set assists players learn the characteristics of United Nations and enemy aircraft. First issued in 1943, the deck shows three plane silhouettes on the face of each card: the front view, side view and a view of the bottom of the aircraft as it would be seen by a ground observer. Suitable for all card games, this set encourages strong observation skills in distinguishing different aircraft from each other, and makes a great gift for airplane and military enthusiasts.
Starting with the records of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, formed in 1915 to study problems of flight and conduct research in aeronautics, the National Archives holds in trust records and other documents related to aeronautics.
The Spirit of St. Louis was officially known as the Ryan NYP (New York to Paris) and was loosely based on the Ryan Airlines M-2 mail plane, heavily modified to fly 4,000 miles without refueling. Since it was the only NYP ever built, the government registered it as N-X-211, in which "X" meant "experimental." Actually built in San Diego, the plane was christened the Spirit of Saint Louis in honor of Charles Lindbergh's supporters from the St. Louis Racquet Club in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Ryan Airlines worked closely with Lindbergh to build the plane in just 60 days with an eye toward claiming the $25,000 Orteig Prize for the first non-stop flight between New York and Paris. The plane cost $10,580 (about $145,000 in 2015 dollars) and did, indeed, win the prize.