Day 14 of Colourisation Project – May 21st
Challenge: to publish daily a colourised photo that has some significance around the day of publication.
On this day 21 May in 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
She was an aviator, author, spokesperson and role model for young American women. She wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences and was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots. She was also a member of the National Woman’s Party, a party set up in 1913 to fight for women’s rights during the early 20th century in the USA, particularly for the right to vote.
In 1937, she mysteriously disappeared while trying to circumnavigate the globe from the equator. Earhart is almost more famous for her disappearance than her achievements. There has been a lot written about this amazing woman, born in 1897 in Kansas, USA. I think I will just let her records and achievements speak for themselves.
Records and achievements
- Woman’s world altitude record: 14,000 ft (1922)
- First woman to fly the Atlantic as a passenger (1928)
- Speed records for 100 km (and with 500 lb (230 kg) cargo) (1931)
- First woman to fly an autogyro (1931)
- Altitude record for autogyros: 15,000 ft (1931)
- First person to cross the U.S. in an autogyro (1932)
- First woman to fly the Atlantic solo (1932)
- First person to fly the Atlantic twice (1932)
- The first person to fly over both the Atlantic and Pacific
- First woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross (1932)
- First woman to fly nonstop, coast-to-coast across the U.S. (1933)
- Woman’s speed transcontinental record (1933)
- First person to fly solo between Honolulu, Hawaii and Oakland, California (1935)
- First person to fly solo from Los Angeles, California to Mexico City, Mexico (1935)
- First person to fly solo nonstop from Mexico City, Mexico to Newark, New Jersey (1935)
- Speed record for east-to-west flight from Oakland, California to Honolulu, Hawaii (1937)
“I have a feeling there is just about one more good flight left in my system and I hope this trip is it.” (said to reporters before her last flight in 1937)” Amelia Earhart