Almost 80 years ago, on Oct. 4, 1935, the famed pilot Amelia Earhart spoke to citizens in Hibbing, Minnesota, about advances in human flight and previewed some of her upcoming adventures. During her stop on the Iron Range she reassured a nervous crowd about air travel, dismissed the prevalence of air sickness, and explained why she thought take-offs were the trickiest part of flight.
She had appeared the day before in Duluth, a visit detailed by this 2013 piece in Zenith City Online.
Earhart, often compared to Minnesota’s Charles Lindburgh throughout her career, spent some time in Minnesota herself, attending her junior year of high school in St. Paul while her father worked for the Great Northern Railroad.
On July 2, 1937, Earhart went missing with her plane and navigator Fred Noonan in the final Pacific Ocean leg of her flight aimed to circumnavigate the globe. Theories as to her fate continue to abound almost eight decades later.
(h/t John Sikkila)