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Amelia Earhart Amelia Earhart - Celebrating 100 Years of Flight

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bullet January 3, 1921 - Began flying lessons with Neta Snook
bullet July 1921 - Bought first plane, Kinner Airster (Canary)
bullet October 22, 1922 - Broke women's altitude record when she rose to 14,000 feet
bullet June 17-18, 1928 - First woman to fly across the Atlantic; 20hrs 40min (Fokker F7, Friendship)
bullet Summer 1928 - Bought an Avro Avian, a small English plane famous because Lady Mary Heath, Britain's foremost woman pilot had flown it solo from Capetown, South Africa to London
bullet Fall 1928 - Published book 20 Hours 40 Minutes, toured and lectured; became aviation editor of Cosmopolitan magazine
bullet August 1929 - Placed third in the First Women's Air Derby, aka the Powder Puff Derby; upgraded from her Avian to a Lockheed Vega
bullet Fall 1929- Elected as an official for National Aeronautic Association and encouraged the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) to establish separate world altitude, speed and endurance records for women
bullet June 25, 1930 - Set women's speed record for 100 kilometers with no load, and with a load of 500 kilograms
bullet July 5, 1930 - Set speed record for of 181.18mph over a 3K course
bullet September 1930 - Helped to organize and became vice president of public relations for new airline, New York, Philadelphia and Washington Airways
bullet April 8, 1931 - Set woman's autogiro altitude record with 18,415 feet (in a Pitcairn autogiro)
bullet May 20-21, 1932 - First woman to fly solo across the Atlantic; 14 hrs 56 min (it was also the 5th anniversary of Lindberg's Atlantic flight; awarded National Geographic Society's gold medal from President Herbert Hoover; Congress awarded her the Distinguished Flying Cross; wrote For The Fun of It about her journey
bullet August 24-25, 1932 - First woman to fly solo nonstop coast to coast; set women's nonstop transcontinental speed record, flying 2,447.8 miles in 19hrs 5min
bullet Fall 1932 - Elected president of the Ninety Nines, a new women's aviation club which she helped to form
bullet July 7-8, 1933 - Broke her previous transcontinental speed record by making the same flight in 17hrs 7min
bullet January 11, 1935 - First person to solo the 2,408-mile distance across the Pacific between Honolulu and Oakland, California; also first flight where a civilian aircraft carried a two-way radio
bullet April l9 - 20, 1935 - First person to fly solo from Los Angeles to Mexico City; 13hrs 23min
bullet May 8, 1935 - First person to fly solo nonstop from Mexico City to Newark; 14hrs 19min
bullet June 1, 1937 - Began flight around the world June 1937; first person to fly from the Red Sea to India
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