Amelia Earhart makes an emergency landing
Amelia Earhart in front of her biplane in McNeal. Photo courtesy of Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum.
Amelia Earhart is seen to the right of her biplane. A couple locals are seen helping her out and seeing to her plane. Photo courtesy Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum.
Earhart around the time of her 1932 solo flight across the Atlantic
September 13, 1928 article from the Oregonian newspaper about Earhart's Arizona landings.
Backstory and Context
While flying over southern Arizona on September 12, 1928, Earhart's plane, a French Avro-Avian bi-plane, was dangerously low on fuel and she would not be able to make it at least Tucson. Looking for a place to land that could offer fuel, she spotted a tiny town and its crude airport. Surprising locals, she landed. Although she landed safely, the crude runway ended up puncturing her tires.
Right away, after some photos obviously, the men of the town began repairing and refueling her plane. As this took place, a hungry Amelia Earhart had dinner with members of the towns Ladies Aid society. She left a $1 donation and memories for the society. Once fed, she spent some time with the locals, praising them and declaring she was falling in love with the Southwest. After the three hour delay, she took off and headed for Tucson and landed in Los Angeles soon after. This trip would become a first, it is reported, since she completed a solo journey across the continental United States.
She would fly solo, a first for her and for women, across the Atlantic in 1932. In 1937 she would attempt to fly solo around the world, only to be lost and never heard from again. Although she is gone, the town of McNeal never forgets Earhart or her surprise landing.