May 20th marked the 85th anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s departure from Harbour Grace to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. Grenville Manton describes the historic event in “The flights of Amelia Earhart” published in War in the Air, 1935, pp. 700-704. But it is Earhart’s own words that make for an interesting read in the August 1932 issue of American Magazine, v. 114(2), pp. 15-17, 72. In her article “Flying the Atlantic”, she addresses the obvious question of why she would undertake such an adventure. Her answer was quite simply “I flew the Atlantic because I wanted to.” For more on Amelia Earhart, contact the Centre. For a video of Amelia Earhart leaving Harbour Grace in 1932, check out the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s video on YouTube. And visit the Conception Bay Museum’s Facebook page for photos.