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First aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean

  • Amelia Mary Earhart is a popular American aviation pioneer and author.
  • She is the first aviatrix to fly solo across the [Atlantic Ocean]].
  • She was the first woman to receive the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross awarded.
  • She was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots.
  • She disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island during an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937.
  • On March 20th 2012, The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery announced a new search for the wreckage of Earhart's Lockheed Electra plane in the waters off the remote island of Nikumaroro, in what is now the Pacific nation of Kiribati.
  • Her records include: Woman's world altitude record: 14,000 ft (1922), First woman to fly the Atlantic (1928), Speed records for 100 km (and with 500 lb (230 kg) cargo) (1931), First woman to fly an autogyro (1931), Altitude record for autogyros: 15,000 ft (1931), First person to cross the U.S. in an autogyro (1932), First woman to fly the Atlantic solo (1932), First person to fly the Atlantic twice (1932), First woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross (1932), First woman to fly non-stop, coast-to-coast across the U.S. (1933), Woman's speed transcontinental record (1933), First person to fly solo between Honolulu, Hawaii and Oakland, California (1935), First person to fly solo from Los Angeles, California to Mexico City, Mexico (1935), First person to fly solo nonstop from Mexico City, Mexico to Newark, New Jersey (1935) and Speed record for east-to-west flight from Oakland, California to Honolulu, Hawaii (1937).
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