Contact Us

Amelia Earhart Crossed Wyoming In A ‘Giro-Plane’

Ameila Earhart With Airplane
Staff Editorial 51093270, Getty Images

In researching the wonderful story recently posted here on Wyoming’s part in early transcontinental air mail, something came up that deserves a post of its own: “Amelia Earhart Once Piloted ‘Weird Windmill Ship’ across Wyoming.”

Amelia Earhart was a record-setter for experimental aircraft who flew across Wyoming, and made plans for a vacation home in the mountains above Meeteetse.

Earhart had a love of “shining adventure” (which may have made her an honorary Wyomingite in itself). She flew an auto-giro across the country in June 1931, stopping at Cheyenne, Laramie, Parco (now Sinclair), Rock Springs and Le Roy. She had never been to Laramie, but on this trip she wowed that crowd like a champ as well. According to the Wyoming State Tribune and Cheyenne State Leader stories, “fully half of the population” of the city had gone to the airport during Earhart’s time in Cheyenne.

This giro plane had the look of a fixed-wing plane with an engine and prop on the front, but above her seat were four long rotors like a helicopter. A 52-gallon fuel tank sat between her open cockpit, and the blades. Man, she did have guts, and I don’t mean “for a girl.” The rotors could make take offs and landings shorter, which we can only guess helped in flying in and out of some airports that were just fields in the west.

This aircraft, whatever it’s called now, was labeled the “flying windmill” by the press. Wanting to see a transcontinental record in this contraption, Amelia had already set an altitude record in it. Amelia Earhart wanted to be first at everything aviation.

On Highway 120 just north of Meeteetse, Wyoming is a monument celebrating “Lady Lindy” and her trips to The Cowboy State.

Best of 106.3 Cowboy Country

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for 106.3 Country Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive 106.3 Country Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.