Aviatrix Amelia Earhart with her husband, George Palmer Putnam, Jr. and Harold Pitcairn (on right) before going aloft to break the altitude record for autogiros, Bryn Athen, PA, April 8, 1931.
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Amelia Earhart with Husband and Harold Pitcairn

Credit: Image donated by Corbis-Bettmann

To demonstrate the capabilities of his PCA-2 autogiro, Harold Pitcairn paid Amelia Earhart to attempt a new altitude record in the craft, which she accomplished on April 8, 1931, by reaching 18,400 feet above the Pitcairn Airfield in Bryn Athen. Earhart then toured the country in a PCA-2 as a promotional stunt for Beech Nut gum.

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