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Amelia Earhart: Aviation Hero

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. She took off from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland on May 20, 1932 and landed 14 hours and 56 minutes later in Culmore, a town in Northern Ireland. She received the Distinguished Flying Cross from Congress, the Cross of Knight of the Legion of Honor from the French Government, and the Gold Medal of the National Geographic Society from President Herbert Hoover for her successful Transatlantic crossing.

​Amelia Earhart would go on to set many aviation records and inspire future generations of female aviators. Unfortunately, her attempt to fly around the world in 1937 would end in tragedy. She left Miami and would make several stops on her way to Lae, New Guinea, traveling about 22,000 miles of the 29,000 mile journey.  On July 2, 1937, she took off from Lae Airfield for Howland Island but she would never arrive. There are a lot of theories for what happened but the actual event remains a mystery until this day.

Check out Wikipedia for more information.

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