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Amelia Earhart becomes first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California

By @ 01/11/01 in January

earhartJanuary 11, 1935

Amelia Earhart, one of America’s most famous women, set scores of records and broke new boundaries, namely as the first woman to fly across the Atlantic.  One of these records she set on this date in 1935, as the first pilot to cross the 2,408-mile distance between Honolulu and Oakland, California over the Pacific Ocean.  As a competitive flyer, Earhart was answering a Hawaiian commercial challenge that would reward $10,000 to the first pilot who could make the trip.  Reportedly during the eighteen-hour flight (which was also the first to employ a two-way radio between pilot and base), Amelia passed the time drinking hot chocolate, later avowing, “indeed, that was the most interesting cup of chocolate I have ever had, sitting up eight thousand feet over the middle of the Pacific Ocean, quite alone.” Later, in 1937 during an attempt to be the first woman to fly around the world, Earhart and her plane disappeared somewhere over the Pacific. She was never found.

Why do you think it was important for Earhart to set so many records?  How does that help one achieve fame?  How do you think it was good for the aviation industry?