In 1932 Amelia Earhart made history becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
A journey that began in Canada was completed when Amelia Earhart landed in a field in Derry after thirteen hours in the air.
Packie Bonner was a young boy when Amelia Erhart landed on Irish soil making one of the most historic events in aviation history. 70 years later he was back at the landing site telling RTÉ News reporter Eileen Magnier about his first time to see a plane. After landing in Culmore, just north of Derry, Amelia asked what country she was in?
The anniversary was celebated at Carrickfinn Airport where pilots from Letterkenny and Eglington Flying Clubs met to mark the occasion with a fly-in along Amelia Erhart's route from the Atlantic.
According to Tony Ringland of the Letterkenny Flying Club,
It was the shortest crossing of the Atlantic. She set a record at the time and it was the longest solo flight by a woman at that time. So it was a tremendous achievement.
In the days before satellite navigation, Amelia Earhart was completely reliant on her judgement.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 22 May 2002. The reporter is Eileen Magnier.