By Heather Lehr Wagner

ISBN-10: 0791072134

ISBN-13: 9780791072134

ISBN-10: 0791074986

ISBN-13: 9780791074985

Well-known Flyers highlights aviators who encouraged pop culture throughout the early 1900s, global struggle I and II, and the chilly struggle. This sequence combines heritage and enjoyment examining in a fast paced narrative of the lives of a few of the main well-known, 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 airplane had come from the USA, and on board used to be the 1st girl to fly around the Atlantic--a younger pilot named Amelia Earhart.

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One of them was a young chemical engineer named Sam Chapman, who soon began dating Amelia. Amelia enjoyed spending time with Sam, but her focus remained on flying. And her flying was beginning to bring her attention. She was interviewed in the Los Angeles Examiner in 1922, describing her plan to fly her plane across the country the following year. She also made her first attempt to break a record. In October, Amelia invited her father and sister to an exhibition at Rogers Field. Once she gave them A 30 A New Career 31 their tickets, she disappeared.

Amelia’s small Avian would be no match for some of the larger aircraft competing, so shortly before the race began Amelia sold the Avian and purchased a new plane, a more powerful Lockheed Vega. The Vega was one of the fastest airplanes then available, but it was also much more difficult to operate. The cockpit was much higher off the ground than previous planes Amelia had flown, and its fuselage was much weaker, prone to quick collapse in a forced landing. A New Career Among the famous female pilots participating in the race were Ruth Nichols, Louise Thaden, and Blanche Noyes, all of whom at one point had hoped to become the first woman to fly across the Atlantic.

M. it had stopped. S. Army’s Wheeler Field. The “official” story was that Amelia would be attempting only a small test flight, so few people had gathered to watch Amelia take off. The plane had been loaded with 500 gallons (1,893 liters) of fuel, enough to successfully make the crossing. The Vega had also been equipped with additional radio and navigational aids, an inflatable raft, and a bright red inflatable life vest for Amelia.

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