I was born on 24th July 1897 in Kansas, America. I have always had a spirit for adventure ever since I was a little girl. My sister Grace and I used to love climbing trees, hunting rats and sledging on our tummies down the hill.
Whilst I was studying medicine at University I took my first ride in an airplane. Ever since then all I have wanted to do is fly.
Eventually I received my first pilot license. I am only the sixteenth women to get one, which is just fantastic. Shortly after, I bought my first plane which was painted bright yellow. I called it The Canary.
I landed in the United Kingdom on June 17th 1928. Instantly, everyone started to recognise me. It was little bit embarrassing at first because it wasn’t me flying the plane I was just a passenger that had to keep the log of where we were at what time. It was good though because it helped me raise money for more flights.
I am the first to fly from Hawaii to California on my own and the first to fly from Mexico City to New York City, without stopping. I just want to prove to everyone that flying is safe.
I have had a few successful flights with my favourite one being when I flew across the Atlantic on my own. When I was 34 I took off on the evening of 20th May 1932. I was in a bright red plane called a Vega 5B, I liked to call it Old Bessie. After 14 hours 56 minutes I landed in Ireland. I am the first women to fly alone across the Atlantic Ocean.
Click the link below to watch a video of my life so far…