By Heather Lehr Wagner
Well-known Flyers highlights aviators who encouraged pop culture throughout the early 1900s, global struggle I and II, and the chilly struggle. This sequence combines historical past and enjoyment studying in a fast moving 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 aircraft had come from the United States, and on board was once the 1st lady to fly around the Atlantic--a younger pilot named Amelia Earhart.
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With her boyish figure, short hair, and blue eyes, she bore a startling resemblance to Lindbergh, and the publicity angle for this “Lady Lindy” became clear to all those involved in the project. Amelia was very interested in making the flight and instinctively understood how best to conduct herself during the interview. She would later remember that the secret was in getting those involved to like her enough to want to work with 35 36 AMELIA EARHART her, but not like her so much that they would not want to send her out on a dangerous expedition.
In addition to preparing her plane for the difficult flight, Amelia had to prepare herself. While continuing to work on her new book and keep up with her lecture schedule, she added training in instrument navigation and weather training, skills 49 50 AMELIA EARHART that would be critical to a solo flight. Amelia would be navigating a good portion of the flight “blind” through fog and darkness. Her skills using her instruments to navigate would mean the difference between life and death. It was April when Amelia began her preparations, and by mid-May she was studying maps forecasting weather patterns over the Atlantic.
On the morning of May 20, Amelia went out to Teterboro Airport to discuss the plans with Balchen and practice a bit of flying. Just before noon, her husband phoned. He was in Kimball’s office, and they were studying the weather maps. There was now clear weather over the Atlantic, with good visibility all the way to Harbor Grace in Newfoundland. Amelia conferred with Balchen, and they agreed that she should take advantage of the good weather. She drove quickly to her home in Rye, New York, and changed into her “flying uniform” — riding jodhpurs, a windbreaker, and a silk shirt.