Amelia Mary Earhart was and still remains a pioneer and a role model for so many women. At age 25, she broke the women’s altitude record, rising to 14,000 feet in a plane she owned. At age 31, in 1928, she became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic (it took her 20 hours and 40 minutes!). Later that year, she published a book on her flight and became the aviation editor for Cosmopolitan Magazine. In 1932, she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, this time only taking her 14 hours and 56 minutes. For that great feat, President Herbert Hoover awarded her with the National Geographic Society’s gold medal and Congress awarded her the Distinguished Flying Cross. She was also elected as president to the Ninety Nines, a women’s aviation club that she helped form. Her accomplishments in the aviation industry and for women continued until her disappearance on July 2, 1937, just shy of her fortieth birthday.
The Museum of Flight is honoring Amelia Earhart and all her accomplishments by opening a permanent Earhart exhibit in October. To help lead up to that celebration, on Saturday, September 21, a 1935 Lockheed Electra (the plane she flew on her ill-fated mission), one of only two in the world, is scheduled to land at the museum at 1:45 p.m. The rare airliner is the same type as Earhart’s famous plane, and will act as the center piece for the permanent exhibit. In celebration of the Electra’s arrival, Museum of Flight Curator Dan Hagedorn will lead a program about the airplane, followed by music and festivities to welcome the plane upon its landing.
Bring the family out to the Museum of Flight for this historic event, honoring one of the most influential women in history!
WHEN: Saturday, September 21, 2013, program begins at 12 p.m., airplane lands at 1:45 p.m.
Museum of Flight
9404 East Marginal Way S
Seattle, WA 98108
Please click here for ticket prices. Half-price admission will be offered to Museum visitors dressed in the style of the 1930s.