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Google marks aviation pioneer’s 115th birthday

If you’re one of the millions of people out there who use Google on a daily basis you’ll have noticed the regular alterations they do to their famous logo.

Google calls these decorative changes ‘doodles’ and uses them to celebrate national holidays, anniversaries and famous figures (over the years it’s featured everyone from Albert Einstein to Cookie Monster from the Muppets).

Today’s Google doodle jumped out at us as it has an aircraft theme and celebrates the life of the American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart – the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.

Earhart flew the famous Lockheed Vega 5b from Harbor Grace, Newfoundland in Canada to Culmore in Northern Ireland in 1932. She made the 2,026-mile flight in 14 hours, 54 minutes and it was just one of her many achievements.  In 1932 she also made the first solo, non-stop flight by a woman across the US, from Los Angeles to Newark. The flight covered a distance of 2,447 miles and lasted about 19 hours.

The aviation pioneer’s life was tragically cut short in 1937 when she disappeared over the Pacific Ocean during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe in a Lockheed Model 10 Electra.

There is an official Amelia Earhart website you can visit if you want to find out more about her life and achievements: