In Search of Amelia Earhart - Exhibit Opening
Time: Saturday, October 12, 2013 (All day)
Event Type: Exhibit
Location: Great Gallery
“In Search of Amelia Earhart,” a temporary exhibit honoring the life of the famous pilot, opens Oct. 12 with the installation of the a 1935 Lockheed Electra airliner, same type as Amelia Earhart’s famous aircraft. The Museum’s Electra is one of only two in existence, and the only one with the same modifications made to Earhart’s plane—and flown around the world in 1997 on the 60th anniversary of Earhart’s global flight attempt. The aircraft will remain on permanent display. “In Search of Amelia Earhart” will be on exhibit until April 28, 2014, and is free with admission to the Museum.
The “Amelia” exhibit tells Earhart story through original photographs, newspapers, newsreel footage and Earhart’s personal belongings including her pilot’s helmet and goggles, and the only known surviving piece of the Lockheed Electra Earhart flew on her ill-fated flight around the world in 1937.
“Amelia” captured the nation’s imagination when she became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic in 1928—as a passenger—and became a legend when she mysteriously disappeared at the helm of a daring flight around the world just nine years later. Growing up in the early 20th century, she was inspired by the achievements of women of her day and would come to be an inspiration to many more.
Earhart was one of a small number of women who earned their pilot’s license in the early 1920s and promoted aviation her entire career. After the non-stop crossing of the Atlantic in 1928 as a passenger aboard the Fokker F.VII Friendship, she had many achievements and as a pilot broke a number of aviation records. In 1932 she became first woman—and second person after Charles Lindbergh—to fly across the Atlantic solo, and her celebrity grew. She published many newspaper and magazine articles, several books, and became a sought after public speaker and product endorser. In 1937, she nearly completed a record-setting flight around the world, but was lost in the Pacific Ocean—a mystery that captured the world’s attention and continues to be a subject of interest today.