1920s Aviation

Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart

History of 1920s Aviation

World War I was over, but airplanes took on a new role. They could now carry passengers and light cargo longer distances. This meant that pilots could now fly planes across the ocean. The world got smaller because people could travel greater distances. This meant new opportunities for flying. (Scott, R. 2006. The dawn of air travel and air freight. Web. 9 Feb. 2016)

Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974)

Charles Lindbergh was born in Detroit, Michigan. He was a pilot who made the first transatlantic flight from New York to Paris taking 33.5 hours making the world seem smaller in 1927. In doing this he gave more Americans the confidence to fly airplanes and learn about air travel.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart was one of the first women to fly an airplane. At the age of 24 she had already bought her first airplane. By 1923 Amelia had become the 16th woman to get her flying license by the world governing body for aeronautics at the age of 26. In 1928 she went on her first transatlantic with Wilmer Shultz and Luis Gordon. This trip was inspired by Charles Lindbergh. At this time since she was unfamiliar with the type of model plane that was being flown, her job while being on the plane was to keep the logs and record what was happening while on the plane. Once they all got to the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, Amelia was treated with the same respect and honor as Wilmer Shultz and Luis Gordon.