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Friday, September 10, 2010

Amelia Earhart: Friday’s Fabulous Flyer

Amelia’s adventurous spirit took her to the sky, to where no woman, and in some cases no man, had flown. Her list of firsts is noted in history, but her disappearance may still be a mystery… or is it?

Amelia Earhart

1928: Amelia was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic.
1932: She took the Atlantic flight solo.

1935 in Hawaii

1935: Amelia was the first ‘person’ to fly solo from Honolulu to California.

Amelia with Duke Kahanamoku

July 2-10 1935 she stayed at the Royal Hawaiian

July 11, 1935
Amelia and her Lockheed Vega

1937: With copilot, Frederick J. Noonan, Amelia attempted to fly around the world. With great sadness her plane was lost somewhere between New Guinea and Howland Island.
Is her disappearance still a mystery? We’ll let you decide. 

In 1992, a search party thought they’d found remnants of Earhart's plane on Nikumaroro , Kiribati. But this was soon disputed by the people who’d worked on her plane.
However … Some believe she survived. Click here to see another view of the mystery.

Click here to watch another level to the mystery

Do you know who the first woman was to successfully complete Amelia’s round-the-world flight, and when?

Enjoy the Journey!

~ Karlene


  1. Excellent Jo! She needs to get more attention. Did you ever see that National Geographic video before?

  2. No I haven't seen that video, I didn't really know that answer, had to look it up! I have seen documentaries about Amelia and love to watch programs about the history of still amazes me and always will how aeroplanes fly.

    Got quite alot (about 40-50) of model aircraft we bought on various trips around the world before we had kids. Got them out the other day to show Lauren, and there are two we bought that are limited editions with pictures of Amelia and her successors on it, BA 747, could be worth a bit now!

  3. Jo, wow... that is very cool about all the model airplanes. I suspect the BA 747 could be worth a bit. I actually have a Northwest Airlines 787. Now... since we have gone Delta, and there will never be a 787 painted with NWA colors... I wonder what that will be worth one day.
    Very fun collection!
    Did you watch the video? They say she actually survived. Interesting. I had not heard that before.

  4. Karlene,

    I recall talking to an airline pilot, who is also a FLIGHT
    INSTRUCTOR, and he TACTFULLY suggested that
    AMELIA'S aviator acumen has been EXAGGERATED
    in the press & in books:

    In your ASSESSMENT, what kind of a pilot was she?
    (in terms of skills, risk taking etc.)

    1. Paul, I think he's correct in his assessment. I never flew with her, but I knew a pilot who did. (WASP) and she somewhat confirmed that. However, I think she may have been caught up in the peer pressure of the press and they and the system pushed her beyond her ability. Many written documents of stress when she had to fly also provide signs.
      Thanks for your comment!

  5. She was DEFINITELY a pioneer, which takes courage...
    (Just think what she could have accomplished, if she had
    a YOU as her mentor!)


    Wow... 1 degree of separation from AE...

    1. Yes, she was a pioneer. And, in a way, she is mentoring so many...despite the issues. Giving us courage. One degree for sure...sadly, Betty is no longer with us. But, she was an amazing women. Passed this year.


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