American aviator Amelia Earhart not only set flying records, but also championed the advancement of women in aviation.
First woman to make a transatlantic flight
In 1928 Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic as a passenger with pilots Wilmer Stultz and Luis Gordon. With this feat she gained international attention, providing an opportunity for her to become a professional aviator. To celebrate this momentous occasion, a parade was thrown in New York City.
Soared into the record books
In 1922, Earhart soared into the record books, setting the world record for women when she became the first woman to fly solo at the altitude of 14,000 feet.
Breaks flying speed record
On July 5, 1930, Earhart set another record—this time it was for flying speed. Her plane, Lockheed, reached 184.mph (the record was 156mph).
President of Ninety Nines
From 1931–33 Earhart served as the president of the Ninety Nines, an international organization for the advancement of female pilots. Here, Amelia Earhart Putnam, Frances H. Marsalis, Elvy Kalep and Betty Gillies are shown
rehearsing for a skating party to be held in a hangar. The organization still exists today and represents women flyers from 44 countries.
Receives the National Geographic Society medal
On June 21, 1932, President Hoover presented Earhart with Gold Medal of the National Geographic Society at the White House in recognition of her being the first woman (and the only person since Charles Lindbergh) to complete a solo transatlantic flight.
First non-stop transcontinental flight
In August 1932, Earhart completed the first non-stop transcontinental flight by a woman, also setting a new long distance record (just over 19 hours from LA to Newark). Here Earhart is shown as she arrives at Newark Airport after setting the record.
Soaring above the Golden Gate Bridge
Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, fly in the Lockheed Electra (“Flying Laboratory”) over the Golden Gate bridge in California in 1937, heading towards Honolulu on the first leg of her first attempt at a round-the-world flight.
The last, fateful flight
Earhart and Noonan with a map of the Pacific that shows the planned route of their last, fateful flight.