Vintage: Pioneer Aviator Amelia Earhart (1920s and 30s)

Vintage: Pioneer Aviator Amelia Earhart (1920s and 30s)


Amelia Earhart (1897 – 1937) was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for this record. She set many other records, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences and was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots. Earhart joined the faculty of the Purdue University aviation department in 1935 as a visiting faculty member to counsel women on careers and help inspire others with her love for aviation. She was also a member of the National Woman’s Party, and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment.

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Amelia Earhart, 1932.

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Herbert Hoover and Amelia Earhart, at White House, Washington, D.C., 1932.

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Amelia Earhart, 1932.

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Amelia Earhart, center. White House, Washington, D.C., c.1932-1933.

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Royal S. Copeland and Amelia Earhart, 1936.

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Amelia Earhart in airplane, 1936.

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Amelia Earhart stands in front of her bi-plane called ‘Friendship’ in Newfoundland, June 14, 1928.

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Amelia Earhart waves from the Electra before taking off from Los Angeles, Ca., March 10, 1937.

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An undated 1930’s file photo shows US aviator Amelia Earhart looking through the cockpit window of an aircraft in Essonne, France.

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Herbert Hoover presenting the National Geographic Society medal to Amelia Earhart; with Dr. Gilbert Grosvenor, at left. White House, Washington, D.C., June 21, 1932.

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Amelia Earhart, 1932.


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