On This Day: Amelia Earhart’s trans-Atlantic flights

Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.


Eli Thompson, Staff Reporter

On this day 87 years ago, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to cross the Atlantic on a solo flight. Doing so set forth many voyages by Earhart, and inspired many women to begin doing things that was out of the ordinary at the time.

It was May 20 that Earhart took off from Newfoundland, in hopes of reaching her destination in Ireland. The total flight time was 15 hours and women and men were all anxious to see if she could complete the trip. When she finally reached Ireland, she was crowned the first woman to complete a trans-Atlantic flight.

Earhart began flying at age 12, and had a passion for it. She was the first woman to fly as a passenger across the Atlantic Ocean. She also flew her Kinner Airster nicknamed “the Canary” to 14,000 feet, the highest a female has flown.

Unfortunately, Earhart died in 1937 in a crash while attempting to make a flight all the way around the world. Her plane disappeared while in the last leg of her trip, marking an end to the historic flights of Amelia Earhart. She is remembered as being inspirational to women across the world, and had a Nascar car named after her (which went on to win the Talladega 500, one of the biggest races to win as a Nascar driver).

Amelia is remembered through many accomplishments achieved in her years of aviation, and her disappearance is strange. Many work to find where she crashed or where she ended up, but no one has found conclusive evidence.