This day in history: Amelia Earhart becomes first woman to fly across the Atlantic

Today in History for May 20th
On May 21, 1932, Amelia Earhart set out to become the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean alone after becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic as a passenger four years prior.

The trip from Newfoundland to Ireland was completed in 14 hours and 56 minutes.

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This day in history: Amelia Earhart becomes first woman to fly across the Atlantic
American aviator Amelia Earhart smiles May 22, 1932 upon arriving in London, England having become the first woman to fly across the Atlantic alone. Carlene Mendieta, who is trying to recreate Earhart's 1928 record as the first woman to fly across the US and back again, left Rye, NY on September 5, 2001. Earhart (1898 - 1937) disappeared without trace over the Pacific Ocean in her attempt to fly around the world in 1937. (Photo by Getty Images)
The patch is shown on the plane under this yellow arrow. (TIGHAR)
This patch, found on a remote Pacific Island by researchers with The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, is believed to have come from Earhart's plane Electra. (TIGHAR)
The shredded patch being held up against a reproduction of where on the plane it would have fit. (TIGHAR)
The patch covered the special window denoted at the back of the plane. (TIGHAR)
(Image courtesy of: Miami Herald)
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