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Amelia Earhart vs. Lilia Litvyak – Only one is the “real deal”!

Amelia Earhart, a Playful Media Creation; Russian Teenage Flying Ace, Lilia Litvyak, the Real Deal.

A beautiful young American girl, Amelia Earhart,  attends finishing school in Philadelphia in 1915, and falls in love with flying at the age of 20. She meets a wealthy book publisher and publicist, George P. Putnam, who foots the entire bill for his then 31-year-old girlfriend  to fly across the Atlantic in a state-of-the-art Fokker F7 with two highly-experienced male crew members. They fly 21 hours from Trepassey Newfoundland to Burry Port, Wales.  Her story makes worldwide headlines. She returns to a ticker tape parade in New York and a reception held by President Calvin Coolidge at the White House.

A beautiful young Russian girl falls in love with flying at age 11. It’s 1932. He becomes so skilled at flying solo that she trains 45 pilots for the Russian Air Force by the age of 17, using rickety old planes. Two years later she becomes the first female fighter pilot to be granted entry into Russia’s elite 73rd Air Squadron. She runs 268 missions, is shot down four times, has 15 solo kills against the technically superior German Messersmitt, and becomes Adolph Hitler’s worst public relations nightmare.  On August 1, 1943, 17 days before her 22nd birthday, she disappears in a dog fight over the Eastern Ukraine. Her plane, body and story remain lost in time for 66 years. Her gravesite a modest affair in a desolate open field in a hard to reach area of the Eastern Ukraine.

Sadly, the World’s greatest female flying hero  still remains a tiny footnote in history after more than 66 years.

But together, we can change that!