MINNEAPOLIS, July 29, 2008: Wearing a flying suit and leather helmet, Charles Lindbergh prepared for the most important flight of his life. At 7:51 a.m. on May 20, 1927, “Lindbergh buckled his safety belt, stuffed each ear with a wad of cotton, strapped on his wool-lined helmet, and pulled his goggles down over his eyes,”?? wrote A. Scott Berg in his biography entitled “Lindbergh.”
Getting ready for a flight is a little different today, but now pilots can enjoy a little piece of Lindbergh history with a modern twist thanks to a new exclusive line of clothing based on the style and type worn by the famous aviator himself.
This new aviation-themed line of clothing is the result of a newly established partnership between the Lindbergh Foundation and The Orvis Company, the premier catalog outdoor clothier since 1856. Under the program, The Orvis Company will contribute a percentage of sales from this special line to support the operations and programs of the Lindbergh Foundation.
“We are extremely thrilled about this new partnership with Orvis,” said Foundation President Knox Bridges. “Orvis has 150 years of experience in the outdoor clothing and catalog business. They also have an impeccable reputation and commitment to environmental conservation. We couldn’t ask for a better partner in this endeavor. I’ve seen the product samples and they are fantastic. I’m sure this will be an extremely popular line benefiting both organizations.”
A few of the items from the aviation-themed line include:
The Spirit Leather Flight Jacket
Transatlantic Zip-neck Sweater
Lone Eagle Flight Shirts
Mechanic’s Foul-Weather Sweater, and
Spirit Aviator Watch
“The Orvis Company is very dedicated to environmental conservation, especially related to fish and wildlife habitat,”?? said Orvis Communications Manager James Hathaway. “When we discovered that Charles Lindbergh had a deep commitment to the environment as well, it was a natural step for us to develop a clothing line in his honor. Using the profits from the clothing line to support the Lindbergh Foundation, which puts his environmental beliefs into action, makes the program even more fulfilling.”??
A limited selection of clothing will be available for sale in the August Orvis catalog. The full aviation-themed line will be available in the Winter catalog, just in time for the holidays.
Founded in 1856 as a small bamboo fly rod shop in Manchester, Vermont, Orvis has been leading the fly fishing industry in innovation and quality for more than 150 years. Orvis donates five percent of pre-tax profits each year to environmental programs. Read more about Orvis and the new Helios rod on their website at www.orvis.com.
About the Lindbergh Foundation
The Lindbergh Foundation is a public 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, based in Anoka, Minnesota, which supports great innovations that foster the environment for a planet in balance. The Lindbergh Foundation also values individual initiative and accomplishments. Its programs are devoted to supporting, honoring, and educating individuals, through three major programs: the annual honorary Lindbergh Award, presented to individuals for significant contributions toward applying technological solutions to improve our environment in their work; the Lindbergh Grants program, which provides grants in amounts up to $10,580 (the cost of building the Spirit of St. Louis in 1927) for research or education projects that will make important contributions to the technology/environment balance; and a variety of educational events and publications centered on the balance theme.