By Heather Lehr Wagner
Recognized Flyers highlights aviators who encouraged pop culture in the course of the early 1900s, global battle I and II, and the chilly struggle. This sequence combines background and enjoyment examining in a fast paced narrative of the lives of a few of the main recognized, and notorious, aviators of the 20 th century. On a misty morning in 1928, a airplane seemed out of the clouds and landed in a small Welsh city. The aircraft had come from the USA, and on board was once the 1st girl to fly around the Atlantic--a younger pilot named Amelia Earhart.
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Amelia searched for new ways to further her career and to expand her skills and her reputation. There were fewer and fewer “firsts” available. Many of the top records and challenges had already been seized by top women pilots. Finally, Amelia decided to test her skills with a new kind of vehicle, known as an autogiro. The autogiro was a kind of hybrid aircraft, a combination of an airplane and a helicopter. It was a relatively new vehicle, and no other woman was flying one. First, Amelia set altitude records in the autogiro, reaching nearly 19,000 feet (5,791 meters) on April 8, 1931.
It soon became clear that Amelia’s career as a social worker had ended when she took her leave of absence from Denison House to prepare for the flight. She was now a famous aviator. Because interest in her story was so high, Amelia quickly began work on the book that would record her experiences flying across the ocean. The book needed to be prepared in weeks, to ensure that it was published before interest in her story began to fade. By early September 1928, the book — to be titled 20 Hrs. 40 Min.
He walked over as Amelia wearily climbed out of the plane. ” she told him. ” he responded mildly. In fact, Amelia was in Teelin Head, in County Donegal, the northwest corner of Ireland. She was some 200 miles (322 kilometers) north of where she had planned to land. As a small crowd of curious people began to gather around the plane, Amelia hitched a ride to the nearest house with a telephone, about six miles away. She called Putnam and shared the happy news that she had arrived safely on the other side of the Atlantic.