EARHART, AMELIA. (1897-1937?). The first woman to pilot a plane solo across the Atlantic who mysteriously disappeared over the Pacific on a flight from New Guinea to Howland Island in July 1937. CS. (“Amelia M. Earhart”). 1p. Oblong 12mo. (3x5 inches). N.p., N.d. Signed diagonally across a rectangular sheet of cream-colored paper.

After purchasing her first plane in 1922, Earhart began challenging existing aviation records. In 1928, with the encouragement of her future husband, publisher George Putnam, she became the first woman to make a transatlantic flight. In 1932, she made a similar flight, this time becoming the first woman to fly the Atlantic on her own. Earhart continued to pilot landmark flights culminating in her ill-fated attempt to fly around the world in 1937. Radio contact was lost on July 2 as her aircraft disappeared over the Pacific while flying from New Guinea to Howland Island. “Despite the extreme unlikelihood of her having survived, speculation as to the nature of her flight and its true outcome – including the notion that hers was a clandestine intelligence mission for the U.S. Navy – continued for decades,” (Liberty’s Women, McHenry).

In fine condition; the ink a little light. [indexhistory]

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