Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Women of the Wild Blue Yonder: Amelia Earhart and Company

Amelia Earhart


"Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, 
their failure should be a challenge to others."
                                                                                                         Amelia Earhart

In July of 1937, Amelia Earhart was last heard from somewhere over the Pacific.  She and her navigator, Fred Noonan, had completed all but about 7,000 miles of their around the world flight when they landed in New Guinea.  The weather was cloudy and rainy when they left but the U. S. Coast Guard had ships in place to help guide the pair to the next stop.  Earhart transmitted: "We must be on you, but we cannot see you.  Fuel is running low.  Been unable to reach you by radio.  We are flying at 1,000 feet."  
Her last transmission, about an hour later, was "We are running north and south."  Thus began one of the most famous unsolved mysteries in history--aviation or other.  Earhart, Noonan, and their plane have never been found.  Their fate and location is still debated today.


Amelia Earhart and Her Navigator, Fred Noonan
Amelia Earhart and others like her paved the way for generations of women in aviation, both military and non-military.  Enjoy some of the following  books and movies about Amelia Earhart's life and legacy:


Amelia Earhart

Letters from Amelia, 1901-1937 by Jean L. Backus

Finding Amelia: the True Story of the Earhart Disappearance by Ric Gillespie

Amelia Earhart: the Sky's No Limit by Lori Van Pelt

Amelia Earhart: the Thrill of It by Susan Wels

Amelia Earhart: the Turbulent Life of an American Icon by Kathleen C. Winters

Amelia Earhart (DVD)

Where's Amelia Earhart? (DVD)


British aviator and writer Beryl Markham
 was the first woman to fly solo
 westward across the Atlantic Ocean.
Other Pioneers

West With the Night by Beryl Markham

Powder Puff Derby: Petticoat Pilots and Flying Flappers by Mike Walker

Anne Morrow Lindbergh: First Lady of the Air by Kathleen C. Winters

Breaking Through the Clouds: the First Women's National Air Derby (DVD)

Fiction

Breaking the Ice by Kim Baldwin

The Four Corners of the Sky by Michael Malone

Velva Jean Learns to Fly by Jennifer Niven

The Art of Uncontrolled Flight: a Novel by Kim Ponders

Breathe the Sky: a Novel, Inspired by the Life of Amelia Earhart by Chandra Prasad

Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Author and Aviatrix











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