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Programme: Jason Hughes
Aeroplane

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REMEMBERING AMELIA EARHART

 

She set off from Newfoundland on 20 May 1932, aiming her plane for Paris, and instead hit a field in Derry. She was one of the most significant women of the last century, but local people are concerned that memories of the aviator, Amelia Earhart, are being "rubbed out" in the place she touched down.

 

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FIRST SOLO FLIGHTJohn Thompson with Deirdre Donnelly

Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, when she touched down in Ballyarnott, in Derry. This flight, in a Lockheed Vega, from Newfoundland made her a household name. She was given a tickertape tickertape parade in New York, and President Herbert Hoover presented her with the Special Gold Medal from the National Geographic Society.

 

But, Derry's museum, where that historic flight ended, is being closed down. Local historian, John Thompson, says more should be done to keep her memory alive.

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TOUCHDOWN

When she touched down in Ballyarnott, it's said, she was asked, "have you come far?" The answer came, "Just from America." In 1935, the woman who owned the field, Mrs Gallagher, told the BBC about that day.

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SEAT IN THE PLANE

Theresa recalled the day Amelia Earhart touched down in Derry - and how she was lifted into the plane.

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KANSAS

Lou Foudray, the curator of the museum to Amelia Earhart in her birthplace, of Kansas, explains the aviator's significance.

 

RELATED LINKS

Video of Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart Website

Amelia Earhart birthplace museum

Amelia Earhart Centre in Derry

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