Amelia and Anita at Kinner Field in South Gate, CA (National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution)
"My ambition is to have this wonderful gift produce practical results for the future of commercial flying and for the women who may want to fly tomorrow's planes." - Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart was an aviation pioneer. She was the first woman aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and first person ever to fly solo from Hawaii to the U.S mainland. Her mysterious disappearance while flying over Howland Island in the Pacific on July 2, 1937 was preceded by numerous aviation records for women.
But where did Amelia start?
Earhart's first encounter with flying was in December 1920 at Daugherty Field in Long Beach, where her father paid $10 so she could take a 10 minute airplane ride. After this, she was determined to learn how to fly.
Her first ever lessons began on January 3, 1921 right here in #AD62 at Kinner Field in South Gate. Kinner Field was also the first municipally-owned airfield in the Los Angeles Area. At Kinner Field, Amelia took lessons from another pioneer female aviator Anita "Neta" Snook.
Earhart would earn her pilot's license the following year and soon become an aviation icon.