80 years ago from today, amelia earhart became the first woman to fly across the u.s.a.
in reference to the first plane she saw: "i did not understand it at the time, but i believe that little red airplane said something to me as it swished by."
did you know:
- miss earhart recieved the distinguished flying cross for being the first woman to fly solo across the atlantic ocean. she was the first person to fly across the atlantic solo twice.
- she spied her first flying exhibition during wwi, as a nurse's aide for the red cross. she also worked in a hospital in ontario, canada.
- amelia worked odd jobs, including driving a truck and working at a phone company, to earn money for flying lessons. her instructor was aviator anita "neta" snook.
- the first plane she bought for herself was a yellow biplane that she nicknamed "the canary." in 1922 she and the canary flew an altitude of 14,000 ft., setting a world record for women pilots.
- in 1923 she became the 16th woman to be issued a pilot's license by the fai, federation aeronautique internationale.
- along with breaking records, she formed a women's flying club called 'the ninety-nines' and wrote books.
- earhart was the first woman to fly an autogyro and the first person to cross the u.s. in one.
- the first person to fly solo across the pacific between honolulu and oakland, ca.
- the first person to fly solo nonstop from mexico city to newark, new jersey.
- the first woman to fly nonstop coast-to-coast across the u.s.
ps: to learn fun facts of what i think are iconic women, visit my women's history month label.