Amelia Earhart was a noted female aviator and the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The Google doodle depicts Amelia Earhart on top of a stationary plane.
Google’s logo features Earhart, a yellow scarf blowing in the breeze, climbing into a Lockheed Vega 5b. Google’s letters appear on the underside of the wings.
While Google’s search engine routinely helps users find billions of websites and answers daily, the real-life search for wreckage from Earhart’s final flight has been a very expensive failure. This year, an expedition led by the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery spent another $2.2 million attempting to locate her missing plane – a Lockheed Model 10 Electra.
Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas, USA on July 24, 1897. Her first experience around planes was a flying exhibition put on by a World War I “ace.” The pilot overhead spotted Earhart and her friend, who were watching from an isolated clearing and dived at them. “I am sure he said to himself, ‘Watch me make them scamper,'” she said. Earhart stood her ground as the aircraft came close. “I did not understand it at the time,” she said, “but I believe that little red airplane said something to me as it swished by.”
On December 28, 1920, she sat in a plane for the first time with her father – a ride that would change her life forever. After that 10-minute flying session, she become determined to learn flying.
After Charles Lindbergh’s solo flight across the Atlantic in 1927, on June 17, 1928, pilot Wilmer Stultz, copilot/ mechanic Louis Gordon and Amelia Earhart crossed the Atlantic as a team. Since she didn’t do any flying, Earhart was determined to one day do the flying alone.
She got that chance on May 20, 1932, when she flew from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, USA to Culmore, north of Derry, Northern Ireland in 14 hours, 56 minutes, setting aviation history.
On July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island while attempting to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe.