A Fleeting Peace

Golden-Age Aviation in the British Empire


Miss Earhart spent a busy day in London yesterday. In the morning she went shopping, attended the Institute of Journalists' luncheon in the afternoon, and finally gave an interview to journalists. Replying to questions, she said: 'I had made up my mind to fly alone, because if there is a man in the machine you can bet your life he wants to take control. Well, I had already flown the Atlantic with men in control, and I was determined that if I did it again was the one who was going to control the machine'.  Miss Earhart expressed the opinion that women had a greater capacity for physical endurance than men, and'with aeroplanes developed to such state of efficiency many of them plunged in where a man would hesitate.

Miss Peggy Salaman is to have tea at the American Embassy to-day with Miss Earhart and her hostess Mrs. Bruce, the Ambassador's daughter. Miss Earhart said that her flight had added little to aviation 'because, after all, the Atlantic has been crossed many times. The trip was merely a personal satisfaction to me.'  (Western Morning News - Tuesday 24 May 1932)

"MISS EARHART CREATES ANOTHER RECORD. Miss Amelia Earliart, the heroine of the latest Atlantic flight, met two of Britain's great flyers, Mr J A. Mollison and Miss Amy Johnson, London, yesterday. She was entertained at lunch by the Committee of the Royal Aero Club, and after lunch a reception was held which Miss Earhart answered questions put by members of the club. Lord Gorell, introducing Miss Earhart, said that this was the first time that women had been admitted to the club. The Committee had felt that an air record having been created, one should also be set on land." (Western Daily Press - Friday 27 May 1932)


Rear:  Lord Gorell, ??

Front: Lady Bailey, Amelia Earhart, Amy Johnson, Winifred Spooner


"MISS AMELIA EARHART (Mrs. G. P. Putnam) was the guest of honour at a reception held at the Royal Aero Club on Thursday last, May 26. Miss Earhart was introduced to the members by the President of the Club, Lord Gorell, and in answer to questions she informed them that her altimeter ceased working soon after she left Harbour Grace.

When she came near the Irish coast, therefore, she did not think it advisable to go straight over the southern end, as her maps did not allow her to gather the height accurately. Moreover, she was at that time flying in very thick, thunder-stormy weather, with bad visibility. She therefore went up the coast some way until it was clearer, where she found a railway. This she followed in the hopes that it would lead her to a large town where she, being American, naturally expected to find an airport. As it was Ireland she was flying over, she was disappointed, and on finding Londonderry she flew round until she found a field of suitable size into which she could land her "Vega"

She said that she did not make any allowance for the wind during the trip as she was flying a great circle course over which the effect of the wind balanced itself out, as during the first part the drift was southerly and during the second part northerly. For her direction, as she had to fly "blind" from 11.30 p.m. till dawn, she relied largely upon her directional gyro, and checked this by her two magnetic compasses.

Present at the reception were also many English lady pilots, including Lady Bailey, Miss Amy Johnson and Miss Winifred Spooner." (Flight)

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