May 20, 2010

Flying Firsts Day

On this day in 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first man to fly across the Atlantic Ocean nonstop and alone.

On this day in 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to do the same feat!

Both these aviators (airplane pilots) became very famous for their flying, and both used their fame to promote air travel. They had fascinating lives with the peaks of fame and achievement offset by the valleys of mistakes, failings, and tragedy. The most famous of these is Amelia Earhart's disappearance and presumed death while trying to fly solo around the world. Probably one reason for the continued fascination with Earhart's solo attempt is the fact that it remains a mystery as to exactly how, where, and why she died.

Learn More About Lindbergh

You have to read this short one-paragraph article naming Lindbergh's flight as one of the 10 Most Groundbreaking Adventures! To save weight on the plane, guess what Lindbergh did without on that long, lonely flight?

Here is a coloring page of Lindbergh. 

More About Earhart

Here is a brief bio, plus a slide show, a jigsaw puzzle, a quiz, and more.

e is a cool coloring page of Earhart with her plane.

Learn More About Planes

Make planes out of paper or styrofoam.

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