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Anderson in Anderson County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
First Lady of the Skies
 
First Lady of the Skies Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Aloha Moma, 2009
1. First Lady of the Skies Marker
 
Inscription.
Famous aviator Amelia Earhart landed on an airfield near here on November 14, 1931. She was piloting a Beechnut Autogiro on a nation wide tour promoting Beechnut Products. It was shortly after completing this tour that she made her famous solo flight across the Atlantic, flying from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland to Londonberry, Ireland on May 20, 1932. The airfield where Earhart landed was the original Anderson County Airport, founded in 1928 on the highest land Anderson County owned, this "airport" a mere grass strip that was originally planned as an emergency landing field. It later became a joint city county facility where planes delivering air mail landed. This field functioned until the land for the current airport on Highway 24 was purchased and developed in the mid 1930's.

(Following describes the photo on the marker):
Earhart (in coveralls) was greeted by more than 1000 Proud Andersonians including Bonner Kid, J.H. Mitchell, Mayor G.T. McGregor, Mrs F.D. Suggs, Mrs. J.H. Mitchell, Dr. F.D. Suggs, Pete Thornton, Lee Sullivan, Tom Speer, and Bill Garrison.

"Celebrating 100 Years of Lighting The Way"

 
Erected 1999 by Anderson County Council and the Anderson County Museum Commission.
 
Location.
 
First Lady of the Skies Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, May 2, 2011
2. First Lady of the Skies Marker
 
34° 32.356′ N, 82° 40.981′ W. Marker is in Anderson, South Carolina, in Anderson County. Marker can be reached from Anderson Independence Mail Boulevard west of Freedom Way. Click for map. Located on grounds of Anderson County, South Carolina Civic Center. Go straight past playground to top of hill, where you see the American Flag. This hill overlooks the ball field on Civic Ctr. Grounds. Marker is at or near this postal address: Anderson County Civic Center, Anderson SC 29625, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Anderson Sports and Entertainment Complex (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Anderson County Fire Fighters Memorial (about 800 feet away); William Arthur Floyd (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Hole (approx. 0.3 miles away); Anderson County Veterans Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Weather Reporting Station (approx. 0.4 miles away); M42A1 "Duster" (approx. half a mile away but has been reported missing); Temple B'Nai Isreal (approx. 2.4 miles away); Anderson, S.C. (approx. 2.5 miles away); World War I and II Veterans (approx. 2.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Anderson.
 
More about this marker. Located inside gated Black Fence, along with American Flag.
 
Also see . . .
 
First Lady of the Skies Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Aloha Moma, July 30, 2009
3. First Lady of the Skies Marker
 

1. Amelia Earhart drops in. (Submitted on July 21, 2009.)
2. Amelia Earhart. Amelia Mary Earhart (born July 24, 1897; missing July 2, 1937; declared legally dead January 5, 1939) was a noted American aviation pioneer and author. (Submitted on September 19, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. Autogyro. An autogyro, also known as gyroplane, gyrocopter, or rotaplane, is a type of rotorcraft which uses an unpowered rotor in autorotation to develop lift, and an engine-powered propeller, similar to that of a fixed-wing aircraft, to provide thrust. (Submitted on September 19, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

4. Anderson Regional Airport. The Anderson Regional Airport serves the citizens and businesses of Anderson County and surrounding areas. (Submitted on September 19, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
First Lady of the Skies Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, May 2, 2011
4. First Lady of the Skies Marker
 
 
Amelia Earhart Stops in Anderson Photo, Click for full size
By Anderson County SCGenWeb Project, November 14, 1931
5. Amelia Earhart Stops in Anderson
Caption Reads: Bonner Kidd (from left; J.H. Mitchell, Anderson Mayor G.T. McGregor, Amelia Earhart, Mrs. F.D. Suggs, Mrs. J.H. Mitchell, Dr. F.D. Suggs, Pete Thornton, Len Sullivan, Tom Speer and Phil Garrison pose together for a picture the day of Earhart's visit to Anderson. The two women at the right are unidentified. Mr. Speer and Mr. Garrison worked for Piedmont Candy and Cigar Co., the local business that helped arrange Amelia Earhart's stop in Anderson.
 
 
Amelia Mary Earhart<br>(1897-1939) Photo, Click for full size
Wikipedia, 1935
6. Amelia Mary Earhart
(1897-1939)
 
 
Amelia Earhart with the Beech-Nut<br>Pitcairn PCA-2 Autogiro Photo, Click for full size
By Stephen Pitcairn, www.aviation-history.com, 1931
7. Amelia Earhart with the Beech-Nut
Pitcairn PCA-2 Autogiro
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on July 17, 2009, by Aloha Moma of Anderson County, Anderson,, South Crolina. This page has been viewed 2,121 times since then. Last updated on July 30, 2009, by Aloha Moma of Anderson County, Anderson,, South Crolina. Photos:   1. submitted on July 17, 2009, by Aloha Moma of Anderson County, Anderson,, South Crolina.   2. submitted on May 4, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   3. submitted on July 30, 2009, by Aloha Moma of Anderson County, Anderson,, South Crolina.   4. submitted on May 4, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   5. submitted on September 25, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   6, 7. submitted on September 19, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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