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Amelia Earhart twice-signed ''Certificate of Landing'' confirming the first and historic transatlantic solo flight made by a woman. Dated 21 May 1932, document is partially filled out by Earhart and signed twice by her under ''Full name of pilot'' and ''Signature of Pilot''. She also fills out the information on her Lockheed Vega plane as well as the date, ''May 20 to May 21, 1932''. Other portions are filled out by the witnesses in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, where Earhart was forced to land after nearly 15 treacherous hours in flight. After leaving Newfoundland, Canada on 20 May 1932, Earhart was forced to contend with a failed altimeter before being struck by severe thunderstorms that buffeted her plane. Her Lockheed dropped a precipitous 3,000 feet as it began to spin wildly, with flames trailing from a broken engine weld. Although she was able to right the plane and hold level through the darkness, she then saw flames trailing from a broken engine weld. She continued on, with the weakening metal vibrating more ominously as the flight progressed. It was not until she turned on the reserve tanks and discovered they had a leaky gauge when she knew she had to land. Fortunately, the coast of Ireland was in the distance, where she landed at at approximately 2:30 in the afternoon on 21 May. When a farm hand approached her plane and asked her where she came from, she famously replied ''America''. Single page document is addressed to the National Aeronautic Association in Washington, D.C., with all requisite portions filled out to certify her flight, five years after Charles Lindbergh's. Document is in very good to near fine condition, with folds, light creasing and puncture marks at top. A landmark aviation and women's history document.
Amelia Earhart Twice-Signed ''Certificate of Landing'' for Her First Solo Transatlantic Flight in 1932 -- The First Solo Transatlantic Flight by a Woman
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