Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. Here, supporters greet her Londonderry, Ulster, Northern Ireland.

Photograph by Keystone View Co., courtesy National Geographic
  • On June 17, 1928, Amelia Earhart and two other pilots took off from Newfoundland, Canada, in a Fokker F7 airplane. Twenty-one hours later, Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic as the plane landed near Llanelli, Wales. Although she was licensed to do so, Earhart did not pilot this historic flight—she had no training for the instrument-focused skills required for the day’s foggy weather conditions. In this instance, “I was just baggage,” Earthart said, “like a sack of potatoes.”

     

    Despite her modesty, Earhart became an instant celebrity on both sides of the Atlantic. Upon her return to the U.S., she was greeted by a ticker-tape parade in New York City, and a meeting with President Calvin Coolidge followed. Dubbed “Lady Lindy” after fellow American pilot Charles Lindbergh, Earhart went on to be the first woman to solo pilot a plane across the Atlantic in 1934. She later set records for flying across the Pacific and the North American continent.

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    celebrity Noun

    famous person.

    continent Noun

    one of the seven main land masses on Earth.

    Encyclopedic Entry: continent
    instrument Noun

    tool.

    weather Noun

    state of the atmosphere, including temperature, atmospheric pressure, wind, humidity, precipitation, and cloudiness.

    Encyclopedic Entry: weather