In 1928 Amelia Earhart was celebrated as a hero and given a ticker-tape parade when she became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic.
On this flight she served as a standby pilot on a crew with two men.
But Earhart was a talented pilot in her own right, and in 1932 she proved her skill by becoming the first woman to fly alone across the Atlantic.
Three years later, she made the first solo flight by any pilot from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland.
In 1937 Earhart set off from Miami, with Frederick Noonan as her navigator, for a flight around the world. They reached New Guinea and then took off on the most dangerous part of their trip, aiming for a tiny island in the Pacific.
Earhart and Noonan never reached this island; they disappeared and, to this day, no one knows what happened.
Amelia Earhart set many flying records and was one of the ninety-nine women pilots who started the ninety-nines Club in 1929. Congress honored her with the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1932.
In 1926 Gertrude Ederle was the first woman to swim across the English Channel; she beat the best male swimmer’s time by two hours.