Amelia Earhart

In the January 2020 edition of Welsh Country Magazine, my Story in Stone is about Amelia Earhart, the American aviator. Why? Well she was the first woman to cross the Atlantic in a plane. The seaplane, in which she was merely a passenger, got lost and landed at Burry Port on 18 June 1928,  believing it was Southampton. The landing is remembered in a memorial on the quayside where she stepped ashore and in the town itself.
Earhart did become the first woman to fly a plane across the Atlantic in 1932, landing in Ireland.
On her attempt to become the first woman to fly around the world in 1937, she disappeared on the final leg over the Pacific. What happened to her remains a mystery. Did she simply run out of fuel and crash into the sea? Was she captured by the Japanese and executed as a spy? Or did she crash land on the island of Nikumaroro where she survived for 10 days before being killed and eaten by coconut crabs?

Welsh Country Magazine is available in newsagents and supermarkets across Wales (£2.95) and also on line at www.welshcountry.co.uk

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