Roaring 20s Project - Amelia Earhart
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Amelia Earhart had her first flying lesson on January 3, 1921 and she bought her first plane 6 months later, which she named "The Canary"
Amelia became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic on June 18, 1928. She was a passenger with pilot Wilmer Stultz and co-pilot Louis Gordon.
On May 20, 1932 Amelia took off from Harbor Grace, Newfoundland to begin her solo transatlantic flight.
She faced many problems during her flight: strong winds, icy conditions, and mechanical problems.
Amelia was forced to land in a pasture in Londonderry, Ireland due to the difficulties of the flight. She made it across the Atlantic Ocean in 14 hours and 56 minutes, setting the record for the fastest flight across the Atlantic and for the longest distance flown by a woman.
After her famous flight, Herbert Hoover presented Amelia Earhart with a gold medal from the National Geographic Society. She was also awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross - the first one to be given to a woman.
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