Amelia Earhart was a legendary aviatrix and the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932. She also was an early visitor to Municipal Airport Owens Field.
Traveling the Nation as part of the Autogyro Promotional Tour in November 1931, one of her stops was Columbia, South Carolina and its newly opened airport where she signed the Airport Register.
She traveled to Columbia from Greenville. Charlotte was her next planned stop following Columbia.
Images of signatures from pilots who visited Owens Field in the 1930s and 40s are available online thanks to a collaboration between Mr Jim Hamilton (the retired volunteer Airport Manager and Fixed Base Operator for over 40-years), the Richland Library Walker Local and Family History Center Digital Collection, and Jim Hamilton - LB Owens Airport (CUB). All 50 pages can now be seen online.
Also contained in the Register, just a few pages before Earhart's signature, are signatures of the participants in the Woman's Dixie Derby who flew through Columbia on their way to that air race.