Amelia Earhart, one of the world’s most famous aviators, was born on this day in Atchison, Kansas in 1898.
You can learn all about “the Golden Girl of Aviation,” or “Lady Lindy,” and see statues of her in various spots around the country, including the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum in Atchison and at the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California, where Earhart honed her skills before heading out to set and smash records:
In 1928, Earhart – flying as a passenger – was the first woman on a transatlantic flight
In 1932 she was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic;
In 1935 Earhart was the first pilot to fly from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland and;
In 1937, sadly and mysteriously, she and navigator Bill Noonan disappeared somewhere in the Pacific during an attempt to fly around the world.
Bonus: Here’s a link to a search that turned up a great photo of Ms. Earhart standing in front of her plane Lockheed Electra at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, back when it was called Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport.