Amelia Earhart flies solo across the Atlantic
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Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932. She left Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, Canada on May 20th and landed 14 hours and 56 minutes later in Culmore, Northern Ireland. The American aviator’s achievement earned her 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.
The plane she chose to fly in was a Lockheed Vega, designed by John Northrop and Gerrard Vultee. This six-passenger monoplane, built entirely from components formed from sheets of plywood, became famous for its use by a number of record-breaking pilots who were attracted to the rugged and very long-ranged design.