By Heather Lehr Wagner
Recognized Flyers highlights aviators who stimulated pop culture in the course of the early 1900s, global conflict I and II, and the chilly warfare. 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 airplane had come from the US, and on board used to be the 1st girl to fly around the Atlantic--a younger pilot named Amelia Earhart.
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S. S. S. Coast Guard vessels, as well as numerous fishing boats, had combed the seas near where the last contact — an SOS — was given, but they turned up nothing. Many critics pointed out that Amelia was risking her life at public expense — should she fail, another expensive search would need to be undertaken, and the image of aviation safety would be seriously damaged by the loss of a prominent aviator. The navy, responding to the criticism, refused to clear Amelia’s plane for departure, stating that her plane’s radio did not have the necessary range for safety — the ability to transmit 2,500 miles (4,023 kilometers) to Los Angeles.
32 AMELIA EARHART Not all of her attempts were successful. Flying was unreliable in those early days of aviation. The planes were slow; the engines could suddenly begin to sputter or give out. Amelia had several close calls, where her plane went into a spin or the plane turned over on landing, but she persisted in her desire to fly— and to excel at flying. On May 16, 1923, Amelia was granted a certificate officially labeling her as an “Aviator Pilot” from the Fédération Aeronautique Internationale.
But Amelia was determined, and in July 1921, Amelia bought her first airplane for a price of $2,000. The plane was bright yellow, and she named it the Canary. Amelia borrowed money from her mother and sister and used up all of her own savings for the plane. She had nothing left to pay for her lessons, but Snook agreed to teach her how to operate the Kinner for free. Amelia had no money, she was not yet ready to fly on her own, but she had her own airplane. 29 3 A New Career melia now had a new-found purpose: She worked to fly.
Amelia Earhart (Famous Flyers) by Heather Lehr Wagner