By Heather Lehr Wagner
Recognized Flyers highlights aviators who motivated pop culture in the course of the early 1900s, international battle I and II, and the chilly battle. This sequence combines historical past and delight interpreting 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 aircraft seemed out of the clouds and landed in a small Welsh city. The aircraft had come from the United States, and on board used to be the 1st lady to fly around the Atlantic--a younger pilot named Amelia Earhart.
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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. Only a short while later, they saw her taking off. When she returned about an hour later, they learned—from loudspeakers broadcasting to the field—that she had just broken the women’s altitude record, flying her plane to 14,000 feet (4,267 meters). The record stood for only a few weeks before being broken by another female pilot—Ruth Nichols — but it would prove to be the first in a lifetime of challenges and achievements for Amelia.
Feeling the vibration, Amelia looked over the instrument panel and could see the glow of flames trailing out. The flames themselves did not frighten her—they were to be expected as the fuel and air burned under pressure—but they looked much worse at night and the damage from them might cause serious problems. Throughout the night, the manifold continued to vibrate, increasingly louder and the shaking more noticeable. The sun eventually rose, and Amelia was soon flying just inside of the top of the clouds to help protect her tired eyes from the brilliant reflection of the sun.
Amy Guest had hoped to make the flight herself, but her family persuaded her that it would be too dangerous. She was quite specific about the kind of woman that she wanted on the flight—one who was attractive, well educated, and had the kind of good manners that would make her acceptable to the English society where she would be welcomed upon her arrival on the other side of the Atlantic. There were several female pilots who were being considered, including Ruth Nichols and Ruth Elder. But Amelia’s appearance gave her a distinct advantage.
Amelia Earhart (Famous Flyers) by Heather Lehr Wagner