Earhart arrives in from New York to Lecture Engagement

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Courtesy of Chautauqua Institution Archives
Amelia Earhart after landing in her airplane on the 14th fairway of the Chautauqua Golf Club.

The following is excerpted from the July 19, 1914, edition of The Chautauquan Daily.

Aviation came to the fore in the minds of Chautauquans as 5,000 people in the great Amphitheater greeted Amelia Earhart, the charming and intrepid young women who, first of all her sex, flew the foggy wastes of the Atlantic. From the moment that the orange-winged Lockheed “Vega” plane in which she flew came to rest on the Chautauqua Golf Course about 12:30 p.m., until late in the afternoon, all eyes were upon the conqueror of the ocean.

Stepping from the comfortably appointed plane as it came to rest of the 14th fairway, Miss Earhart, by her infectious smile, won her way immediately to the hearts of the crowd which had come out to greet her. From then on, her visit was one continued ovation.

“As the flight of the ‘Friendship’ recedes into the past, I find that I must explain exactly who I am.  Recently I have been congratulated for swimming the English Channel, and once for swimming the Atlantic Ocean,” began Miss Earhart.

She continued with a lengthy description of the flight describing how weeks were spent in preparation in Boston before the flight took off for Newfoundland.  The expedition was delayed there for thirteen days where meals of canned rabbit and frequent trips to the telegraph office for weather reports were the main feature of the stay.

She described the food on the flight as consisting of oranges, coffee in thermos bottles, water, malted milk tablets and scrambled egg sandwiches.  Everything else including chairs and extra life preservers were thrown out to save weight.  She stated that they left Newfoundland at 11 a.m. on June 17, 1928, and 200 miles out they encountered fog which forced the crew to switch to instrument flying to maintain direction.  Fling at heights of 2,500 to 1,100 feet through the night, they reached a hole in the fog in the morning but instead of seeing land as hoped, they saw a transatlantic liner cutting across their course. They feared they had lost their course and they had only one hour of fuel remaining.  Finally they saw land and landed at Burry Port, Wales, where they tied to a buoy before they were noticed and taken to shore and besieged by friendly crowds.

After her address Miss Earhart was the guest of honor at a reception at the home of President and Mrs. Bestor. 

Finally, a crowd of 500 well-wishers gathered on the Golf Course to watch the departure of the airship “Friendship”. Pilot Lieutenant Sevens showed remarkable ability in getting the plane into the air from a comparatively short straightaway.