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    First woman to fly across the Atlantic

    [Amelia Earhart] Flight Map for the Trans-Atlantic flight of the 'Friendship.' Two trimmed maps: flight map from Boston to Halifax measures approximately 38" x 11.5"; flight map from Halifax to Newfoundland measures approximately 46" x 11.5". The flight map from Boston to Halifax is inscribed as follows on the verso: "The original chart used by Wilmer Stutz in flying the plane Friendship Boston To Halifax / Amelia Earhart - Trans Atlantic / Presented to Raymond Lewis by Captain Hilton H. Railey / November 21, 1930."

    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, Wilmer (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 flight was originally conceived by wealthy a London socialite, who eventually backed out at the urging of her family. Hilton Railey immediately approached Earhart to take her place.

    Offered here are two flight maps used in the historic crossing, the first from Boston to Halifax, and the second from Halifax to Newfoundland. A presumed third map, which traced the final leg of the record-making flight from Newfoundland across the Atlantic to the UK, is not extant. The plane, a Fokker F-VIII, made the last leg of the trip (which lasted about 21 hours) on June 17, 1928. The plane landed in Wales after Stultz missed the original destination in Ireland due to heavy fog. Maps are heavily creased and tightly rolled. Moderate toning and occasional soiling. An outstanding pair of maps from a historic moment in aviation history!




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    October, 2010
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