It's July 24, and on this date in 1897, American aviatrix Amelia Earhart was born. She was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and the first person to fly solo from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Oakland, California. She might have set even more records if she and her plane hadn't disappeared over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 while attempting to fly around the world. Yesterday, it was announced that another American female aviation pioneer, astronaut Sally Ride, died at age 61. She was the first American woman in space. Both Amelia Earhart and Sally Ride inspired countless young girls to become pilots or astronauts or to explore careers that they otherwise may never have considered, and both are worthy of our remembrance.
Remembering Amelia Earhart and Sally Ride
July 24, 2012 by