A grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting will be held at noon April 14, 2023, for the new Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum at the Amelia Earhart Memorial Airport (K59) in Atchison, Kansas, the hometown of the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
“Choosing the name Earhart Hall gives us the opportunity to honor past aviation leaders while hopefully inspiring our current students to dream big and make an impact in their future,” said Kyle Chamberlin, assistant dean of student life.
The centerpiece of the new museum is “Muriel,” a Lockheed Electra 10-E identical to the one Amelia Earhart flew on her final flight.
The new Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum will unveil a bronze statue of the famous pilot, as well as a way to “Meet Amelia.”
Earhart’s statue is one of only 11 women represented among 100 statues (two from each state) in the National Statuary Hall Collection.
It will be unveiled July 27, 2022, in the National Statuary Hall.
When Amelia Earhart landed in Derry, Northern Ireland, in May 1932, “no one had ever seen a woman driving a car, let alone flying an airplane or wearing trousers,” said Nicole McElhinney, co-founder of the Amelia Earhart Legacy Association. “Her fearless spirit was revolutionary, particularly for women, and continues to be an inspiration around the world.”
Officials with The Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum report that work has begun on the exhibits surrounding “Muriel,” the world’s last remaining Lockheed Electra 10-E aircraft, which will be the centerpiece of the new museum at Amelia Earhart Memorial Airport (K59) in Atchinson, Kansas.
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