“Courage is the price Life exacts for granting peace.”-Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

On this day in 1928, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.

Wanda Langley, author of Women of the Wind wrote:

On June 17, 1928, Earhart left from Boston on the plane Friendship with pilot Wilmer Stultz and Louis Gordon, copilot and mechanic. They planned to fly from Newfoundland to the United Kingdom, the most direct route across the Atlantic. Earhart had the job of keeping the flight log and taking notes on the ride. After a flight of twenty hours and forty minutes, Friendship touched down at Burry Port, Wales, on June 18, 1928.

She became famous after that trip. “When she appeared in public, people reached out to touch her skin, pat her hair, and tug at her clothes,” Langley wrote.

Earhart would go on to fly across the Atlantic by herself in 1932. Earhart wanted to prove that air travel was safe. Her achievements in the sky paved the way for commercial aviation to prosper.

Next month, a group of scientists will launch a half million dollar exhibition to discover what happened to Earhart after she disappeared seventy-five years ago.

Adrianne Loggins
Associate Editor

For more information about Amelia Earhart and other women pilots, check out Women of the Wind by Wanda Langley (ISBN 9781931798815)

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“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.”-Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart in 1928

 

“Amelia Earhart flew for the fun of it, she always said,” wrote Wanda Langley, author of Women of the Wind: Early Women Aviators.

In 1937, Amelia Earhart took her plane, the Electra, on a round-the-world flight, a trip that was considered incredibly dangerous at the time. Earhart had made it all the way to the Pacific Ocean after flying over the Atlantic Ocean, Africa, and Asia when her plane went missing.

“Numerous rumors circulated about what happened to Amelia Earhart,” Langley wrote. “Some people said she landed on an uninhabited island and starved to death. Others thought the aviator set down on an island occupied by Japanese soldiers who imprisoned her…. Most aviation experts think that her plane simply ran out of fuel and sank into the ocean.”

This week, Good Morning America reported that, “A renewed effort to determine what happened to aviator Amelia Earhart’s plane when it disappeared over the Pacific 75 years ago is expected to be announced today as a recently discovered photo taken months after she vanished is believed to show her plane’s landing gear.”

The search, which will begin in July, has been sanctioned by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

According to Good Morning America, the State Department said in a statement, “The event will underscore America’s spirit of adventure and courage, as embodied by Amelia Earhart, and our commitment to seizing new opportunities for cooperation with Pacific neighbors founded on the United States’ long history of engagement in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Amelia Earhart, according to fellow aviator Louise Thaden, “talked more people into the air than any other individual in aviation” in her day, wrote Langley.

In her last letter to her husband, Earhart wrote, “I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.”

Adrianne Loggins
Associate Editor

For more information about Amelia Earhart and other early women aviators, check out Women of the Wind: Early Women Aviators by Wanda Langley (ISBN 9781931798815)

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