This Day in Women's Aviation
Today is Monday, May 20, 2013 9:14 AM
1932 - On the 5th anniversary of the historic Lindbergh flight, Amelia Earhart, 34, set off from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland flying a Lockheed Vega 5b intending to became the first woman to make a solo flight across the North Atlantic. Onboard with her was the latest copy of a local newspaper to confirm the date of the flight upon arrival. Her technical advisor for the flight was famed Norwegian American aviator Bernt Balchen, who helped prepare her aircraft. He also played the role of "decoy" for the press as he was ostensibly preparing Earhart's Vega for his own Arctic flight.
1937 - On the 10th anniversary of the historic Lindbergh flight across the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart, 39, departed from Oakland in a Lockheed L-10E Electra for Miami, where she would announce her intention to fly around the world. Accompanied by navigator Fred Noonan, her husband George Putnam, and mechanic R.D. McKneeley; she would arrive in Miami 3 days later.
2003 - Martha King, co-chairman and co-owner of the world's leading aviation training video company, King Schools, Inc., flew the California State Flag to Wright Brothers National Memorial as part of the Fifty Flags to Kitty Hawk celebration of the 100th anniversary of flight. Operating their business out of a third bedroom in their house in the early 1970s, Martha and her husband, John, run King Schools from an 18,000 sq. ft. complex in San Diego, California. In the previous 27 years, they delivered more than 5 million videos with over 8 million hours of video instruction.
2008 - The Mayor of Oroville, Washington announced that July 26, 2008 would be proclaimed Airport Day at Dorothy Scott International Airport, named to honor the World War II ferry pilot who was killed in a plane crash during a WASP mission.