Fun Fact January 11, 2021.
11 January 2021
A historic flight happened on this date in 1935. American aviator Amelia Earhart departed from Wheeler Field in Honolulu, Hawaii on a solo flight to the mainland of the United States. According to History dot com some commercial interest in Hawaii offered $10,000.00 to the first person to complete the flight. The next day, after traveling 2,400 miles in just over 18 hours, Earhart landed at Oakland Airport in Oakland, California. Earhart was already well known to the public before this flight. In 1928 she was a member of a three-member crew that crossed the Atlantic, becoming the first woman to so in an aircraft. Americans were enamored with the modest and daring young pilot. For her solo transatlantic crossing in 1932, she was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross by the U.S. Congress. Two years after her Hawaii to California flight, she attempted with navigator Frederick J. Noonan to fly around the world, but her plane was lost on July 2, 1937. Her exact fate has never been conclusively determined.