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    Amelia Earhart Autograph Letter Signed "Amelia" with a Postscript signed "AE". One page, on "Aldford House, 26, Park Lane, W.1." letterhead, 7" x 9", n.d. [June 20, 1928]. At a time when the world was exceedingly fascinated by air travel, young Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, although she was only a passenger on this flight. The pilot, Willmer (Bill) Stultz, was assisted by Louis (Slim) Gordon as mechanic. Although hailed by the press as "Lady Lindy," Earhart confessed that she was little more than "a sack of potatoes" during the trip.

    The next day, Amelia replied with the letter offered here. In full: "Dear Uncle, As you saw this morning I haven't much time to myself. My program is filled for me and I have to adhere to it or be swamped with invitations. So... I am sorry not to have been able to see you longer. There is hardly a chance that I shall be able to do so while here, as I leave so soon for home. I do hope the family does not feel the awful publicity too much. I had no idea people would be so interested, and am quite overcome. Sincerely yours, Amelia." She has added an afterthought along the right edge of the paper: "I hope I may drop in at 137 on my way to Boston, if I may. AE."

    Originating in Boston, Earhart and crew flew to Newfoundland, from which they made the final leg of the record-making flight across the Atlantic to the UK. The plane, a Fokker F-VIII named Friendship, made the trip (which lasted about 21 hours) on June 17, 1928, and the daring aviators landed in Burryport, Wales after Stultz missed the original destination in Ireland due to heavy fog.

    On June 19, Amelia piloted an Avro Avian 594 Avian III owned by Lady Mary Heath (which Earhart later purchased for herself) to Woolston in Southampton England, where she received an enthusiastic welcome by throngs of excited well-wishers. The same day, she received a telegram from her uncle, Clarence W. Bates, who was briefly in London and staying at the Hotel Carlton; "Congratulations in behalf of us all. Am here for a few days. Advise by phone or wire where can meet you."

    The daring aviatrix is surprisingly amazed by the public's reaction to her arrival, but this was just the first of many celebrations to be held in her honor during her brief and notable career, public interest following her well after her mysterious disappearance in 1937. Upon their return to the United States, Stultz, Gordon, and Earhart were greeted with a massive ticker-tape parade in New York and were feted by President Calvin Coolidge with a White House reception. Letter is lightly toned mail folds.

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