New Delhi: In a bid to honour Amelia Earhart - the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean - on her 115th birth anniversary, Google has today put up a doodle on its homepage that features Earhart climbing up the aircraft "Lockheed 5B Vega," which she used to fly alone across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932. The Google letters take the place of the original registration number of the Lockheed Vega 5b - NR-7952 - painted below the wings of the aircraft.
Here are some key facts about Amelia Earhart and her life:
- Despite having to attend six different high schools, she was able to graduate on time.
- Earhart was called "Lady Lindy" because her slim build and facial features resembled that of Charles Lindbergh.
- Earhart refused to don typical flying gear -she wore a suit or dress instead of the "high-bread aviation togs," a close-fitting hat instead of a helmet, didn't put on her goggles until she taxied to the end of the field and removed them immediately upon landing.
- She developed a friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt, who wanted to learn how to fly. Earhart had planned to teach her, for which the First Lady even got her student permit.
- Earhart met Orville Wright at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in 1937, the same year she disappeared.
- Earhart had such an impression on public that people often wrote and told her about naming babies, lakes and even homing pigeons "Amelia."
- Earhart was not only an aviatrix, but she was also a famous author. She was a successful and heavily promoted writer who served as aviation editor for Cosmopolitan magazine from 1928 to 1930. In addition, she wrote magazine articles, newspaper columns, and also published books based on her experiences as a flyer during her lifetime.
- The United States government spent $4 million looking for Earhart, which made it the most costly and intensive air and sea search in history at that time.
- She was the 16th woman to receive a pilot's license from the FAI (License No. 6017).
- In 1932, she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, flying a Lockheed 5B Vega.
- On January 11, 1935, she became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific from Honolulu to Oakland, California.
- The United States government spent $4 million looking for Earhart, which made it the most costly and intensive air and sea search in history at that time. Earhart was declared legally dead (dead in absentia) on January 5, 1939.