Tag: smithsonian

  • Amelia Earhart

    Amelia Earhart earned her pilot’s license in 1921. That same year she purchased her first plane, a Kinner Airster with a single 60 HP engine. In 1932, she was the first woman to fly solo and nonstop across the Atlantic from west to east. The Lockheed Vega 5B that Earhart flew to achieve this is […]

  • Patty Wagstaff

    Patty Wagstaff is an aerobatic pilot who performs low-level aerobatic routines at air shows all over the world. In 1991, she was the first woman to win the U.S. National Aerobatic Championship. She also won it in 1992 and 1993. Wagstaff was the top U.S. Medal Winner, World Aerobatic Championships in 1990, 1992, and 1994, […]