Google Doodle Honors Amelia Earhart On Her 115th Birthday

Posted Jul 24, 2012

Today Google is paying tribute to Amelia Earhart, a famous female pilot.  She was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic in 1932.  Today would have been Earhart’s 115th birthday.

In the Doodle, Earhart has her signature scarf flowing in the wind and is standing near the door of a Lockheed Vega 5b, which is the plane she used to fly across the Atlantic ocean.  The actual aircraft she used is displayed at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Earhart was born in 1897 and flew across the Atlantic as part of a 3-person flight crew in 1928.  She followed in the footsteps of Charles Lindbergh.

Four years after that, she flew from Newfoundland to Wales by herself and became the first female pilot to pull off a solo trans-Atlantic flight.

She met with President Calvin Coolidge and President Herbert Hoover to talk about her feats.  She also became one of the first celebrities to endorse a line of clothing.

In 1937, she became the first pilot to attempt to circumnavigate the globe by plane.  “I have a feeling that there is just about one more good flight left in my system, and I hope this trip is it,” said Earhart before taking off.  The 29,000 mile flight around the world never completed.

After she completed a majority of the trip starting in Miami and flying east, radio operators had lost contact with her plane over the Pacific Ocean.  She tried to fly to Howland Island from New Guinea.

There was a long search effort and the aircraft was never found.  There is a conspiracy about whether Earhart crashed her plane or whether it was shot down.