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Let’s Celebrate Amelia Earhart’s Accomplishments in Honor of Her Birthday

Let’s Celebrate Amelia Earhart’s Accomplishments in Honor of Her Birthday

Just who is Amelia Earhart and why might we be interested?

Ms. Earhart was born on July 24, 1897, and she was a pioneer in aviation and in women’s rights. Known for being the first female pilot to fly across the Atlantic, she set an example for generations to come.  Today marks this extraordinary woman’s birthday. We’d like to invite you to join us in celebrating Ms. Earhart’s accomplishments and learning more about what a true trailblazer she was on so many levels.

Aviation Beginnings.

It appears that her life was irretrievably changed when on December 28, 1920, a pilot by the name of Frank Hawks gave her a ride. “By the time I had got two or three hundred feet off the ground, I knew I had to fly.” Shortly after that, on January 3rd, 1921, she began to fly, after taking lessons from Neta Snook.  In six short months, she managed to save enough money to purchase her own plane.

In April of 1928, she received a call and was asked if she would like to be the first woman to fly the Atlantic.  She enthusiastically agreed on the spot.  On June 17th, 1928, along with pilot Wilmer “Bill” Stultz and co-pilot and mechanic Louis E. “Slim” Gordon, the team left Trepassey Harbor, Newfoundland, in a Fokker F7 named Friendship, and arrived at Burry Port, Wales approximately 21 hours later.

Their landmark flight made headlines worldwide because three pilots had died within the year trying to be the first women to fly across the Atlantic. When the crew returned to the United States, they were greeted with a ticker-tape parade in New York and a reception held by President Calvin Coolidge at the White House

Wonderfully enough, on  May 20th, 1932, five years to the day after Lindbergh, she became the first women to solo fly across the Atlantic, and that journey took about 15 hours.

She continued to break records, setting an altitude record for autogyros of 18,415 feet that stood for years. On January 11, 1935, she became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific from Honolulu to Oakland, California.

Finally, as she neared her 40th birthday, she wanted to become the first woman to fly around the world, 29,000 miles.  Unfortunately, nearly complete with her journey, she ran into foul weather and wasn’t heard or seen from again, after or about July 2, 1932.  Her passing and disappearance are still enshrouded in mystery to this day.

Women’s Equality.

Flying for equality was an important aspect of Earhart’s life. She was the president of the Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots. Additionally, she was a member of the National Woman’s Party and continued support for equal rights.

Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show in learning more about great Americans throughout history. Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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