#todayinaviationhistory May 20, 1932. 5 years after Charles Lindbergh's solo flight across the Atlantic, famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart set out to accomplish her own record transatlantic flight. Setting off from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in her specially prepared #lockheed Vega 5B single-engine airplane she battle icy conditions, strong northerly winds and mechanical problems. 14 hours and 56 minutes of flight later, she set down in a pasture in Culmore, North of Derry, Northern Ireland, becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
5 years later, in early July 1937, she would famously disappear along with her navigator Fred Noonan somewhere over the South Pacific during her second attempt at an around the world flight. *Pictured: Earhart in Ireland, preparing to depart for a surprise visit to London after her Atlantic crossing.
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