Suit, Flying, Civilian, Amelia Earhart

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This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Boeing Aviation Hangar

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 cotton flight suit is one of many suits and pieces of flight clothing worn by Earhart in flight during her career.