American aviation pioneer; first woman to pilot an airplane across the Atlantic.
Superb Photograph of the first woman to pilot an airplane across the Atlantic, wearing an aviator suit and sitting on the edge of the cockpit of her plane, Signed, Amelia Earhart. Earhart signs in the light lower portion of the photograph, on the left side. The black and white photograph measures 4 inches wide by 4 7/8 inches high.
Amelia Earhart’s interest in flying was piqued during World War I as she watched the planes take off from a nearby airfield in Canada. Her first ride, in an open-cockpit biplane, hooked her. Working odd jobs, she was able to pay for flying lessons.
Her opportunity to make history came unexpectedly. She was invited (in 1928) to cross the Atlantic as a passenger in part because she resembled Charles Lindbergh who had made his famous crossing the year before. The flight brought her tremendous publicity which she sought to justify by becoming a serious pilot in her own right.
Amelia Earhart wrote books, married a publisher who promoted her career, designed flying clothes for women, and was a founding member and first president of the Ninety-Nines, a club of women pilots. After a series of record-making flights, she became the first woman to make a solo transatlantic flight in 1932.
Framed dimensions: 11 inches wide by 12 inches high.
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