Envelope, Amelia Earhart, Signature

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    Envelope, Amelia Earhart, Signature

    Envelope sent from Earhart to Crome, June 29, 1937.

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This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Amelia Earhart became one of the most famous female aviators in history after her nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic on May 20-21, 1932, the first for a woman, in her bright red Lockeed Vega 5B (located in the Museum's Pioneers of Flight gallery). Other record flights include the first solo transcontinental flight by a woman from Los Angeles to Newark in 1932, the first solo flight by anyone from Hawaii to the United States mainland in 1935, the first nonstop flight from Mexico City to Newark in 1935, and the first altitude record in the Pitcairn autogiro. Earhart also served as founding member and president of the Ninety-Nines, the original women pilots organization, and toured the country delivering lectures, wrote several books about her flying experiences, and was very active in generating support for women in aviation. Although her disappearance during an around-the-world flight in 1937 has spawned innumerable theories, her true legacies as a courageous and dedicated aviator and an inspiration to women remain strong today.

This envelope, addressed to Ernest A. Crome, was postmarked on June 29, 1937 in Darwin, Australia, during Earhart's attempted around-the-world flight. It was signed by both Earhart and the flight's navigator, Fred Noonan, and is believed to be one of the last pieces of mail that was sent before their disappearance. Crome donated it to the Museum in 1976.