By Heather Lehr Wagner
Well-known Flyers highlights aviators who motivated pop culture in the course of the early 1900s, global conflict I and II, and the chilly conflict. This sequence combines heritage and enjoyment analyzing in a fast moving narrative of the lives of a few of the main recognized, and notorious, aviators of the twentieth 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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On December 22, the Putnams and Paul Mantz and his wife set sail for Hawaii. Rumors were beginning to circulate that Amelia was going to attempt the transpacific flight, but Amelia tried to squash them by stating that the trip was to give a series of lectures and to make some flights around the islands. Few people were fooled, and criticism began to mount that Amelia’s plan was too dangerous for any man or woman to attempt solo. The newspapers published reports that her plane was too small to safely make the flight.
She soon took on a larger role in encouraging women to fly with her appointment as assistant to the general traffic manager of Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT), one of the earliest attempts at a national airline. TAT would later A New Career Amelia is shown wearing the standard attire of pilots at that time, including goggles and a leather hat and coat. Maps and airfields during the early days of aviation were poorly marked, and tested the talents of pilots. 39 40 AMELIA EARHART grow into Trans World Airlines (TWA), but in those early years TAT gave appointments to famous aviators like Earhart and Lindbergh (who served as chairman of its technical committee) to help project a public image of aviation.
The only navigation tool most pilots had was a compass. There were few aviation maps — most pilots had to rely on road maps. They often landed without being absolutely certain of where they were. One pilot was forced to make a landing in a field of cattle; another took off suffering from what she thought was the flu, only to later be forced to abandon the race because she was stricken with typhoid fever. Pilot Blanche Noyes, flying 3,000 feet (914 meters) above Texas, realized that her plane was on fire.
Amelia Earhart (Famous Flyers) by Heather Lehr Wagner