Amelia Earhart (Famous Flyers) by Heather Lehr Wagner

By Heather Lehr Wagner

Recognized Flyers highlights aviators who inspired pop culture throughout the early 1900s, international warfare I and II, and the chilly warfare. This sequence combines heritage and enjoyment examining in a fast moving narrative of the lives of a few of the main recognized, and notorious, aviators of the twentieth century. On a misty morning in 1928, a aircraft seemed out of the clouds and landed in a small Welsh city. The aircraft had come from the USA, and on board was once the 1st girl to fly around the Atlantic--a younger pilot named Amelia Earhart.

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As a small crowd of curious people began to gather around the plane, Amelia hitched a ride to the nearest house with a telephone, about six miles away. She called Putnam and shared the happy news that she had arrived safely on the other side of the Atlantic. It was Saturday, May 21, 1932. Amelia Earhart had flown Solo Across the Atlantic 55 A crowd gathered in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on May 22, 1932, as Amelia took off for London. She was now officially the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

And Clyde Pangborn — successfully crossed the Pacific nonstop from Tokyo to Wenatchee, Washington. Several teams had crossed the Pacific, but no one had managed to fly solo between Hawaii and the West Coast. Amelia wanted to be the first to make that 2,400-mile (3,862kilometer) trip. Amelia spent several months completing her scheduled lectures and appearances, then in August spent one month with Putnam on vacation in Wyoming. By the fall, the couple had moved to Los Angeles. Putnam was now working for Paramount Pictures, and Amelia felt that basing herself on the West Coast would make preparations for the Pacific flight easier.

She joined the Boston chapter of the National Aeronautic Association, ultimately becoming its vice president. She spent much of her free time on weekends at the airfield. Once more, the papers began to publish pictures of Amelia, either near or inside a plane. By 1927, Amelia had become a full-time staff member at Denison House, as well as serving as secretary to its board of directors. Just as her career as a social worker was taking off, another flyer made history. Charles Lindbergh became the first person to make a successful transatlantic flight—crossing the Atlantic Ocean alone.

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