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Sandler, Martin W. Flying Over the USA: Airplanes in American Life. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. org/ Learn more about this program for kids interested in aviation I N N O VAT I O N I N TR A N SP O R TATI O N 32 aerotropolises, 18 airports, 13, 14, 15–16, 18 airships, 6 air shows, 11 alternative power sources, 20–21 Atlantic Ocean, 25, 28, 29 automatic pilot system, 25 balloons. See hot air balloons. biplanes, 10 Bleriot, Louis, 9 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, 12 bomber planes, 12 Cayley, Sir George, 6 Chanute, Octave, 20 communication, 15 computers, 20 cultures, 12, 16, 20 Dubai World Central, 18 Earhart, Amelia, 28 engines, 7, 9, 10, 12, 20, 24, 25 English Channel, 9 experiments, 5, 6, 9, 23 farming, 8 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), 20 firefighting, 8 fire-resistant fabrics, 16 flying boats, 25 fuel, 12, 20–21, 27 Global Positioning System (GPS), 17 gondolas, 6 helicopters, 25 Henderson, Paul, 14–15 history, 4–7, 9–12 Hooley, E.

28 In 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean. She was inspired by women pilots who had made longdistance flights alone in other parts of the world. Amelia Earhart Amelia Earhart was one of the greatest aviators of all time. She broke the women’s altitude record in 1922, flying up to 14,000 feet (4,300 meters). She was also the first woman to fly successfully over the Atlantic Ocean in 1928. Aside from being a world-class aviator, Earhart was a women’s rights activist.

Aside from being a world-class aviator, Earhart was a women’s rights activist. She helped form The NinetyNines, an organization of female pilots. In 1937, while trying to fly around the globe, her aircraft mysteriously disappeared over the Pacific Ocean. To this day, no one knows what happened to this trailblazing female aviator. Ai r p l a n es Some Famous Aviation Innovator s 29 Charles Lindbergh poses in an open cockpit biplane. He flew different kinds of airplanes to decide what style would be best for the Spirit of St.

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