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Amelia Earhart

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Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart was the first woman in history to fly solo from North America to Europe. On May 20, 1932, she flew from Newfoundland to Ireland—a distance of 2,020 miles. It took her nearly 15 hours to make the trip. The average speed for a Lockheed Vega—the plane that Amelia flew—is 155 miles per hour (mph).

View this video footage of Amelia Earhart before her flight around the world.

  • How does the average speed of a Lockheed Vega compare to Amelia’s average speed?
  • What factor(s) might have affected her average speed?

VIDEO: Amelia Earhart

Hint:

Write an equation to help you find Amelia’s average speed.