Amelia Earhart Takes Flight!

Today is the anniversary of Amelia Earhart's journey across the Atlantic Ocean.

After taking lessons from aviation pioneer Neta Snook in a Curtiss Jenny, Earhart set out to break flying records, breaking the women altitude records in 1922. She continually promoted women in aviation and in 1928 was invited to be the first woman to fly across the Atlantic. Accompanying pilots Wilmer Stultz and Louis Gordon as a passenger on the Fokker Friendship, she became an international celebrity after the completion of the flight. In May 1932 she became the first woman to fly solo across in the Atlantic. In 1935 she completed the first solo flight from Hawaii to California. In the meantime Earhart continued to promote aviation and helped found the group, the Ninety-Nines, an organization dedicated to female aviators. She was a member of the National Woman's Party, and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment. On June 1, 1937, Earhart and navigator, Fred Noonan, left Miami, Florida on an around the world flight. Earhart, Noonan and their Lockheed Electra disappeared after a stop in Lae, New Guinea on June 29, 1937. Earhart had only 7,000 miles of her trip remaining when she disappeared. While a great deal of mystery surrounds the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, her contributions to aviation and womens issues have inspired people for over 80 years.

Earhart and the Lockheed Electra  in which she disappeared in July 1937.

Earhart and the Lockheed Electra  in which she disappeared in July 1937.

Amelia Mary Earhart (July 24, 1897 - disappeared July 2, 1937)

Amelia Mary Earhart (July 24, 1897 - disappeared July 2, 1937)

Amelia Earhart, American Aviatrix.

Amelia Earhart, American Aviatrix.