This week in 1932: Amelia Earhart becomes first woman to fly solo across Atlantic


Aviatrix Amelia Earhart became the first woman to make solo flight across the North Atlantic, from Harbour Grace in Newfoundland to Derry in Northern Ireland. flying a Lockheed Vega.

Here’s a video produced by Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Naturally Flight recorded the event in its 27 May 1932 issue: “The first time in the History of Aeronautics the Atlantic has been conquered by a woman pilot, flying solo. This feat has been accomplished by Mrs. G. P. Putnam–or, as she is better known, Miss Amelia Earhart–who in 1928 flew as passenger from Newfoundland to South Wales in the Fokker seaplane Friendship, piloted by Wilmer Stultz.

“Miss Earhart–who has been nicknamed ” Lady Lindy ” on account of her likeness to Col. Charles Lindbergh, who made the first solo Atlantic flight exactly five years previous to her present feat–has also accomplished the crossing in the fastest time so far achieved.”

Continue reading Flight’s account….


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