It's 1932 and Amelia Earhart has just completed the first solo transatlantic flight by a woman, exactly 5 years to the day Linbergh did it. Ms. Earhart departed Newfoundland flying to Europe some 2,000 miles away and landed in a field in Ireland in slightly less than 15 hours. 4 years earlier Amelia Earhart was part of a 3 member crew that made her the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe in an airplane, but her burning desire was to accomplish that feat solo. However, this first flight brought Amelia Earhart a lot of notoriety and she became a famous public figure as a result of this accomplishment. It was on this day 81 years ago that Amelia Earhart completed her flight in her red Lockheed Vega 5B aircraft adding to her fame. Her red Lockheed Vega 5B was very similar to the "Winnie Mae" made famous by another pilot Wiley Post who set a number of world records with the aircraft which were painted on the side of the aircraft.
A Lockheed Vega Paper Airplane ModelWe have duplicated the "Winnie Mae" in a downloadable paper airplane model which is inexpensive and easy to construct. You can find it here on our website: "Winnie Mae Download Paper Airplane". But of course Amelia Earhart was not done with her flying adventures, even after being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross by the U.S. Congress in honor of her solo transatalantic flight in 1932.
Hawaii To California In 1935Not content with her solo trans-Atlantic flight, Amelia Earhart completed her solo flight from Hawaii to Oakland, CA winning a $ 10,000 prize for her efforts and increasing her public profile and popularity. This flight followed her trans-Continental flight in 19 hours covering some 2,447 miles in the process in her red Lockheed Vega 5B aircraft.
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