Amelia Earhart became the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California.
On January 11, 1935, American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart became the first person ever to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean from Hawaii to California. Many pilots had lost their lives attempting this crossing, and no one had successfully flown it solo in a single engine plane.
Earhart took off from Oahu’s Wheeler Field with only 100 people watching. Her plane, however, was equipped with a two-way radio, a first for a civilian flight, and every half hour she called in reports. Excitement grew as Earhart approached the California coast. By the time she landed at Oakland Airport, a crowd of 5,000 was on hand to give her a tumultuous welcome.