May 20th Marks Two Major Accomplishments In Aviation History
Anything you can do, she can do better!
On this Day In History, 5 years apart, two giants of aviation captured the imagination of the world with "first of its kind" accomplishments.
May 20, 1927, Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field on Long Island, New York, aboard the "Spirit of St. Louis" on his historic solo flight across the Atlantic ocean to France. Mission accomplished - he landed 33 1/2 hours later.
Five years later, May 20, 1932, with a change of of venue and a change of gender-- Amelia Earheart took off took off from Newfoundland bound for Ireland to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. Mission accomplished - she landed 13 1/2 hours later.
You thought that was daring...just hop on a crowed plane today!! What's the status and future for flight?
About a month ago Forbes Magazine reported, "U.S., airports are ghostly quiet, hosting barely 5% of the number of travelers who passed through them at this time last year. When the coronavirus pandemic eases, it won’t be a quick return to normal.....It could take two to five years before passenger numbers return to the go-go levels of 2019, says Helane Becker, an analyst with the investment bank Cowen, and U.S. airlines are downsizing accordingly—she expects them to end the year 20% to 30% smaller than at the start."