Amelia Earhart with her Lockheed Wasp-powered Vega in 1934

May 5, 2021

Flying Over The Oceans

In 1928, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to cross the Atlantic in an aircraft. For her transatlantic flight, she was part of a three-member crew with pilot Wilmer Stultz and her only function was to maintain the plane’s log. However, this flight led to her fame, as Americans were impressed by her actions. In 1932, she completed a solo transatlantic flight in her Vega, for which Congress awarded her with the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Amelia Earhart with her Lockeed Vega, circa 1934, in a photo colorized by Klimbim. Source:

In this picture, colorized by Klimbim, Earhart is pictured with her Lockheed Vega, the plane she would use to fly from Hawaii to Los Angeles. Enticed by a $10,000 award which Hawaiian commercial interests offered to the first person who could complete the first flight from Hawaii to the continental U.S., Earhart left from Wheeler Field in Hawaii on January 11, 1935. Before she could begin the flight, she had to get to Hawaii with her plane. To do so, she traveled on the S.S. Lurline, with her plane secured on the deck, from December 22-27, 1934. The photo is dated December 21, 1934, before it was transported to Hawaii.

She Marked The Path Into The Future

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After take-off from Hawaii, she flew 2,400 miles to the Oakland Airport in Oakland, California. Some claimed the flight a publicity stunt for the aviator and Hawaiian sugar plantation promoters, but the flight had been attempted in the past; it was a dangerous flight claiming ten lives before her. It took her 19 hours to complete, and the flight was 600 miles more over water than Charles Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight. As she explained, “I wanted the flight just to contribute. I could only hope one more passage across that part of the Pacific would mark a little more clearly the pathway over which an air service of the future will inevitably ply.”