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1932 - May 20–May 21 – Amelia Earhart flies from the USA to Derry, Northern Ireland in 14 hours 54 minutes.



Amelia Earhart is First Woman to Fly Atlantic Ocean Alone

New York, May 21. (AP) - Word was received here this afternoon that Mrs. Putnam had taken off in her own plane for London.

Culmore, Ireland, May 21 (AP) Amelia Earhart Putnam brought down her read and gold monoplane in a field near here this afternoon and became the first woman ever to fly the Atlantic alone.

She landed on this side of the ocean five years to the day after Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh arrived in Paris successfully completing the first solo flight across the Atlantic by a man.

"I've don it!" Mrs. Putnam exclaimed when she got out of her ship.

She had intended to go to Paris but it was necessary to cut the flight short because her exhaust manifold had burned out and the gasoline line was broken causing a little leakage.

Woman is Unhurt
Mrs. Putnam who took off from Harbor Grace, N.F., at 4:51 p.m. Friday got a lift by motor to Londonderry, 5 miles away, where the first thing she did was to get on the telephone to report her success to London in order that her husband, George Palmer Putnam, New York publisher, and her friends back home might know that she was safe.

Her plane was not damaged in the landing and she was unhurt.

"For a lot of the way," Mrs. Putnam said, "I was flying through storm, mist, rain and a little fog.

"To my friends in New York, I want to send this message. I am very glad I have come across successfully but I am sorry indeed I did not make France."

It was the flier's second airplane trip across the Atlantic. In June 1928, before her marriage, she made the crossing, that time as a passenger.

"There is no comparison," she said in a reply to a question about which trip she liked better. "On this go I was flying low the whole time and had to rely on myself."

The field in which the landing was made is fairly level and the owner of it was the first to greet Mrs. Putnam.

Miss Earhart traveled approximately 2,000 miles and was about 600 miles north of her set course.

Weather reports said that a storm had blown up in the late morning and the wind is believed to have blown her off course slightly.

 
The Gettysburg Times
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
May 21, 1932


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