The Spirit of St. Louis, would you recognize the name, what about just the shape. It was not the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic, it was the first to cross the Atlantic solo. The year my father was born.
It is known, it is iconic, because of publicity. Part of the deal to raise the funding to build it, and fund the trip, was a commitment to publicity. A long publicity tour. The goal was to make St Louis famous, the plane the pilot are become famous. St. Louis? It does have the Arch, and a train to the airport.