Amelia Earhart Flies Solo from Honolulu to Oakland

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Amelia Earhart in 1935

Amelia Earhart and her “old Bessie” Vega in 1935 (source: Wikipedia)

On January 11, 1935, Amelia Earhart was the first to fly a solo transoceanic flight from Honolulu, Hawaii to Oakland, California. Many others had attempted the route, most notably pilots who participated in the Dole Air Race in 1927. Also known as the Dole Derby, the air race route ran from northern California to Hawaii.

During the 1927 Dole Derby, two of the eight planes entered crashed on takeoff and two went missing. One plane turned back for repairs then took off again to search for the two missing planes, itself doing missing. Only two planes, which did not feature solo flyers, completed the task.

Earhart reported her flight as being routine. She said she even relaxed during the final hours of the flight to listen to a broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera.


Last updated: Jan 11, 2013
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