Amelia Earhart flies solo from Hawaii to California

11 Jan 2019  Fri

11th January is the day when Amelia Earhart flies solo from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland in 1935. From that, she became the first women to achieve this feat. Her journey took her from Honolulu, Hawaii to Oakland, California.

Amelia Mary Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas on 24th July 1897. Earhart was an American aviation pioneer, author and women’s rights activist. She was the first female aviator (and second person after Charles Lindbergh) to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.

After graduating from Chicago’s Hyde Park High School in 1916, she went to the Ogontz School in Pennsylvania but dropped. During World War I, she served as a Red Cross nurse’s aide in Toronto, Canada.

On December 28, 920 Earhart took her first airplane ride in California with famed World War I pilot Frank Hawks and was forever hooked. After that, she set many flying records which include Woman's world altitude record: 14,000 ft, First woman to fly the Atlantic Ocean, First woman to fly the Atlantic solo (1932), and First Person to fly solo from the Red Sea to Karachi.

She received many awards and honors including Distinguished Flying Cross from Congress. U.S. Postal services honor her by issuing Commemorative Stamp (8¢ airmail postage) in 1963.

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