Medals commemorating pioneers of manned flight, 18th-20th century.
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These six medals from different countries each commemorate a pioneer of manned flight. Several medals show the flight of hot air balloons. The medal in the centre is the Medal of Congres awarded to Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974), who made the first non-stop solo air crosing of the Atlantic in 1927.