Thursday, October 6, 2011

Amelia Earhart Photographs and Goggles Sold

Amelia Earhart has been an inspiration to generations of girls that is hard to match. She was inspired to become an aviator, when she experienced her first jaunt in the air during an air show with her aviator father. She was twenty years old. Earhart was inspired to take flying lessons from, Neta Snook, a graduate of  the Curtiss School of Aviation.

Earhart's first across the Atlantic scenario, started with Amy Phillips Guest; she owned a Fokker F.VII dubbed Friendship. Amy's family balked at the suggestion that she fly across the Atlantic. She requested that Richard Byrd a flier and George Putnam find the suitable female to go on the trip.

George Putnam an explorer, promoter, writer, and publisher then asked Capt. H.H. Railey to locate a woman to fly over the Atlantic. When Putnam meet Amelia Earhart he concluded she was the right woman for the flight. Earhart's flying experience didn't include instrument usage or flying with a multi-engine, thus, she didn't pilot this flight.

In 1928, Amelia Earhart, Wilmer Stultz, and Louis Gordon flew the Atlantic in a Fokker tri-motor aircraft. When they returned, President Coolidge sent a congratulations cable. the reporters flocked around Earhart, and ignored her flight companions. It upset her that they didn't get any attention from the reporters. This experience gave her international attention, which promoted her career as a professional aviator, lecturer, and author.

She made a solo trip during September of 1928 flying coast to coast from New York to Los Angeles. She assisted in organizing the All-Women's Air Derby in 1929;  she flew the race coming in third. This was the original cross-country race for women pilots. During 1929, Earhart became the original president of the Ninety-Nines, this organization composed incipiently of ninety-nine female pilots, purposed to support and advance piloting for women and was a social and business outlet. The Ninety-Nines was created shortly after the first  All-Women's Air Derby. There were 285 licensed female aviators at that time.

In 1932, she soloed a plane across the Atlantic, which was a first for women. In 1935, she was the first aviator to fly alone from Hawaii to the United States mainland. She piloted a Lockheed 5C Vega for this 2,408-mile trip; other aviators had died attempting this flight.

In 1935, Earhart forged speed records for piloting from Los Angeles to Mexico City and
Mexico City to New York City. In 1937, she and navigator Fred Noonan started a flight around the world in the Electra. Heading east was a turn around of their flight plan because of  bad weather around the Caribbean and Africa. They headed east from Oakland, California by dint of Miami, Florida. They made it to Lae, New Guinea by the 29th of June.

They had aviated 22,000 miles and would reach Oakland again after flying another 7,000 miles. On the 2nd of July, they left Lae, New Guinea heading for their next refueling spot, which was Howland Island. It is a tiny speck floating in the Pacific Ocean measuring 2 miles long and not a mile in width.
The radio communication between the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Itasca and Earhart and Noonan wasn't good, though the ship was anchored by Howland Island to be their radio contact. Radio transmission around there was poor. This epic flight had induced a lot of commercial radio traffic.

The conclusion reached with the known facts is that the plane crashed at around 35 to 100 miles from Howland Island. President Roosevelt commissioned a search that failed to find Earhart and Noonan.

Recently, 24 pictures of Earhart and a pair of goggles were sold at auction in Oakland, California for more than $31, 000.

The video from YouTube was made by hillkaback.

Amelia Earhart: More Than a Flier (Ready to Read, Level 3)

Amelia Earhart (DK Biography)

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