On Jan. 11, 1935, aviator Amelia Earhart began an 18-hour trip from Honolulu to Oakland, California, that made her the first person to fly solo across any part of the Pacific Ocean.
Hawaiian commercial interests had offered a $10,000 award to whoever accomplished the flight first. The American aviatrix completed the 2,400 mile flight on Jan. 12, when she landed safely at Oakland Airport.
Two years later, she attempted with co-pilot Frederick J. Noonan to fly around the world, but her plane was lost in the South Pacific on July 2, 1937.
Amy Otis Earhart
Mrs. Amy Otis Earhart, outside her North Hollywood, California home, Jan. 12, 1935 told reporters she didn’t worry at all while her daughter, Amelia Earhart, was flying from Hawaii to the Oakland, California airport. She was, Mrs. Earhart explained, quite confident that her daughter’s ability would insure success. (AP Photo)
Amelia Earhart, Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Pacific flyer, left, is shown above as she reached Los Angeles, California, Jan. 13, 1935. She had flown from San Francisco, and the stop in Los Angeles was made to break a trip to Washington. Thousands of persons waited at the field for the woman flyer who made the first Hawaii to the U.S. flight. (AP Photo)
Amelia Earhart climbs out of her plane at Oakland Airport after completing her 18 hour, 2400 mile flight from Honolulu on Jan. 12, 1935. (AP Photo)
Aviator Amelia Earhart visits her mother, Amy Otis Earhart, at home in Hollywood, Calif., on Jan. 14, 1935. (AP Photo)
Dr. Giuseppe Castruccio, center, Italian consul general in Chicago, is shown pinning the General Italo Balbo Medal on Amelia Earhart, May 23, 1935, noted woman flier, in recognition of her air feats, Mrs. Charles S. Clark President of the conference of club Presidents, watches. The club Presidents held a luncheon in honor of Miss Amelia and the presentation was made at that time. (AP Photo)
Amelia Earhart, the only person to fly solo from Honolulu to the mainland of the United States, arrived at the Oakland, Calif., airport on Jan. 19, 1935 in order to attend a civic banquet in her honor at the Athen’s Athletic Club of Oakland. Upon arrival, left to right are George Palmer Putnam, Amelia’s husband, Amelia Earhart Putnam, Paul Mantz, mechanic for Amelia and Mrs. Paul Mantz. (AP Photo/Ernest King)
Amelia Earhart FDR Letter
This is a copy of the letter written by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to aviator Amelia Earhart Putnam, to be read at a banquet to her in Oakland, California, Jan. 19, 1935. (AP Photo)
Amelia Earhart, the noted aviatrix, with Gilbert H. Grosvenor, president of the National Geographic Society, when she arrived in Washington, D.C., March 1, 1935 to address members of the organization on her flying adventures. (AP Photo/Bill Allen)
Amelia Erhart Eleanor Roosevelt
Aviator Amelia Erhart shares a moment with U.S. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt at the National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on March 2, 1935. (AP Photo)
Governor Eugene Talmadge of Georgia awarded a diploma, in the name of Oglethorpe University of Atlanta, to Amelia Earhart, May 26, 1935, making her a Doctor of public service in recognition of her advancement of aviation. (AP Photo/B I Sanders)
American aviatrix Amelia Earhart climbs from the cockpit of her plane at Los Angeles, Ca., Jan. 13, 1935 after a flight from Oakland to visit her mother. It is the plane she had flown into Oakland the day before from the Hawaiian Islands, becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean. (AP Photo)