Medal, Amelia Earhart First Woman to Cross the Atlantic Solo

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    Medal, Amelia Earhart First Woman to Cross the Atlantic Solo

    Amelia Earhart First Woman to Cross the Atlantic Solo Commemorative Medal. Obverse: a relief bust of Amelia Earhart depicted; embossed text "FIRST WOMAN IN THE WORLD TO FLY ALONE ACROSS THE ATLANTIC OCEAN MAY 21, 1932 AMELIA EARHART". Reverse: relief of the Lockheed Vega flying over a map of the Atlantic Ocean depicted; City of Philadelphia coat-of-arms on bottom center of medal; embossed text "AWARD OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PRESENTED BY MAYOR MOORE AT THE GIMBEL BANQUET SEPTEMBER 24, 1932".

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    Medal, Amelia Earhart First Woman to Cross the Atlantic Solo

    Amelia Earhart First Woman to Cross the Atlantic Solo Commemorative Medal. Obverse: a relief bust of Amelia Earhart depicted; embossed text "FIRST WOMAN IN THE WORLD TO FLY ALONE ACROSS THE ATLANTIC OCEAN MAY 21, 1932 AMELIA EARHART". Reverse: relief of the Lockheed Vega flying over a map of the Atlantic Ocean depicted; City of Philadelphia coat-of-arms on bottom center of medal; embossed text "AWARD OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PRESENTED BY MAYOR MOORE AT THE GIMBEL BANQUET SEPTEMBER 24, 1932".

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The City of Philadelphia presented this medal to Amelia Earhart in recognition of her 1932 solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. With that flight Earhart became the first woman (and the only person since Charles Lindbergh) to fly nonstop and solo across the Atlantic Ocean. On May 20, 1932 she took off from Harbor Grace, Newfoundland, Canada and landed 15 hours and 2,026 miles later in a field near Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The feat made Earhart an instant worldwide sensation and proved she was a courageous and able pilot.

On the front of the medal is a relief bust of Earhart and the following text:

"FIRST WOMAN IN THE WORLD TO FLY ALONE ACROSS THE ATLANTIC OCEAN MAY 21, 1932 AMELIA EARHART."

On the reverse side is a relief of Earhart's Lockheed 5B Vega flying over a map of the Atlantic Ocean and the coat-of-arms of the City of Philadelphia. The text reads:

"AWARD OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PRESENTED BY MAYOR MOORE AT THE GIMBEL BANQUET SEPTEMBER 24, 1932."