She Flew Into History

By | Jan 12, 2011

Whatever happened to Amelia Earhart? We may never know. And although she is most famous for being lost trying to become the first woman to fly around the world, she did have many successful firsts.

On the morning of May 20, 1932 she left Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in an attempt to become the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic. It was five years to the day after Lindbergh’s solo flight. 14 hours, 56 minutes later she landed in a field in Northern Ireland. She also as the first woman to fly (actually be flown since she didn’t pilot) across the Atlantic in 1928 a little over a year after Lindbergh.

She was a celebrity. She promoted women fashions and other items, wrote books and promoted aviation.

Book publisher, G.P. Putman, was in the forefront in bringing her to celebrity status. It was his idea for her to fly across the Atlantic in 1928. They began spending more time together and when he divorced his wife in 1929, he asked her to marry him. After several rejections she said yes and they were married on February 7, 1931. Although in many ways it was as much a partnership as a marriage.

In 1935 she had number of long solo flights. On January 11 she became the first person to solo from Hawaii to California and on April 19 she flew to Mexico City from Los Angeles. A few weeks later on May 8 she flew non-stop from Mexico City to New York.

Her tragic flight attempt to fly around the world began on June 1, 1937. She disappeared in route from Lae in the Pacific. Her last radio were at at 8:43 a.m. The naval search for her and Fred Noonan would be one of the biggest in history with an estimated cost of 4 million dollars.


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