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Exhibition tells the story of Amelia Earhart’s Derry landing

By Donna Deeney

A photographic exhibition of Amelia Earhart's historic landing in Londonderry is being held in the city to mark the anniversary of her record-breaking Atlantic solo crossing 82 years ago.

The famous female pilot |landed in a field in Ballyarnett in Derry on May 21, 1929 making her the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, a flight which has secured her a place in history.

Her achievement is marked every year in Derry by a festival held in July, but the photographic exhibition, organised by the Amelia Earhart Friendship Society, commemorates the actual date of her landing.

Society chairwoman Eilish Quigley said: “We are delighted that we have been able to mark the actual date of Amelia Earhart's landing with this |photographic exhibition.

“All the photographs taken from that historic day really tell the story of Amelia's landing, the reaction of those who were there on the day and the photographs of her red plane.”

An expedition to find her lost plane is now being planned.

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