In 1922, Amelia Earhart set a record for reaching the highest altitude for a woman pilot, flying to 14,000 feet. Six years later, Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.
In the following 10 years, Earhart continued to set aviation records for speed and distance. She also helped create a women’s aviation club, the Ninety-Nines, and was elected the first president. The organization still exists today and works to promote female pilots.
More information on Amelia Earhart can be found in the Pieces of History blog, Amelia Earhart: Showing What Women Can Do – Pieces of History. More records relating to Amelia Earhart on the National Archives website.
This post is courtesy the National Archives.
Photo of Amelia Earhart courtesy National Archives.
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