Amelia Mary Earhart (July 24, 1897; disappeared July 2, 1937) was an American aviation pioneer and author. She was the first female pilot to ever fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She received the United States Distinguished Flying Cross for this accomplishment and set many other records in aviation. She also wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences, which gave context into her detailed flying history as a female pilot. She was a member of the National Woman’s Party and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment.
After Charles Lindbergh’s solo flight across the Atlantic in 1927, there was general interest in a woman to flying across the Atlantic Ocean. In 1928, Earhart accompanied pilot Wilmer Stultz and copilot/mechanic Louis Gordon on the flight, but did not fly the plane. Some years later, on the morning May 20, 1932, Earhart set out on her first solo transatlantic flight. She intended to fly to Paris in her single engine Lockhead Vega 5B to emulate Charles Lindbergh’s solo flight five years earlier. After 14 hours, 56 minutes, during which time she contended with strong northerly winds, icy conditions and mechanical problems, she landed in Northern Ireland. The landing was witnessed by Cecil King and T. Sawyer. When a farm hand asked, "Have you flown far?" Earhart replied, "From America.”
Earhart was the first woman to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean. She received the Distinguished Flying Cross from Congress, the Cross of Knight of the Legion of Honor from the French Government, and the Gold Medal from the National Geographic Society from President Herbert Hoover. Her fame grew, and she maintained friendships with many people in high offices, including First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
Presented in this custom collage are various elements relating to Earhart’s transatlantic journey. In the center of the collage is an original fabric section from Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Vega 5B. In the bottom left is a signed Cleveland National Air Races postal cover from 1934 with Earhart’s bold signature. These authentic elements are accompanied by dynamic black and white photographs of Earhart and her airplane, as well as a facsimile copy of Earhart’s original National Aeronautic Association Pilot's License.
Fabric section... Lockheed Vega 5B: Square of fabric, approximately 5x5 cm (2x2"). Sample with cracking and discoloration, very good condition for age. Bright red color still in tact.
Signed… postal cover: Signature in dark black ink, bold and clear. Stamps in tact, paper quality health. Black ink mark in bottom right corner. Overall very good condition with clear signature.
The collage has been composed with authentic elements and paired with photographs, facsimile print, and custom plaque. All elements are framed according to the highest quality conservation standards. Black mats and black frame.
Dimensions: 34" H x 43" W x 2" D.