May 5, 2021
Flying Over The OceansIn 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.
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.