First Lady of the Skies

First Lady of the Skies (HME0R)

Location: Anderson, SC 29625 Anderson County
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N 34° 32.356', W 82° 40.981'

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Famous aviator Amelia Earhart landed on an airfield near here on November 14, 1931. She was piloting a Beechnut Autogiro on a nation wide tour promoting Beechnut Products. It was shortly after completing this tour that she made her famous solo flight across the Atlantic, flying from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland to Londonberry, Ireland on May 20, 1932. The airfield where Earhart landed was the original Anderson County Airport, founded in 1928 on the highest land Anderson County owned, this "airport" a mere grass strip that was originally planned as an emergency landing field. It later became a joint city county facility where planes delivering air mail landed. This field functioned until the land for the current airport on Highway 24 was purchased and developed in the mid 1930's.

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Earhart (in coveralls) was greeted by more than 1000 Proud Andersonians including Bonner Kid, J.H. Mitchell, Mayor G.T. McGregor, Mrs F.D. Suggs, Mrs. J.H. Mitchell, Dr. F.D. Suggs, Pete Thornton, Lee Sullivan, Tom Speer, and Bill Garrison.

"Celebrating 100 Years of Lighting The Way"
HM NumberHME0R
Year Placed1999
Placed ByAnderson County Council and the Anderson County Museum Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 10:00pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 345558 N 3823237
Decimal Degrees34.53926667, -82.68301667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 32.356', W 82° 40.981'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 32' 21.36" N, 82° 40' 58.86" W
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Area Code(s)864
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 30131 Cv-10-0017, Anderson SC 29625, US
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