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Today In History: June 17th 1928, Amelia Earhart Becomes The First Woman To Fly Across The Atlantic

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Victoria Maduabuchi

Eighty-nine years ago, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic.

In 1928, Amelia Earhart received a phone call that would change her life. She was invited to become the first woman passenger to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a plane. “The idea of just going as ‘extra weight’ did not appeal to me at all,” she said, but she accepted the offer nonetheless.

On June 17, after several delays due to bad weather, Amelia Earhart flew in a plane named Friendship with co-pilots Wilmer “Bill” Stultz and Louis “Slim” Gordon.

The plane landed at Burry Port, South Wales, with just a small amount of fuel left.

The flight came just over a year after Charles Lindbergh electrified the world with the first solo flight across the Atlantic.

Earhart was described as a “social worker from Boston” in stories, but was already an accomplished pilot, with 500 hours flying time.

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