|Distinguished Flying Cross||Air Medal|
The Distinguished Flying Cross was authorized on July 26, 1926 and was awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguished themselves by heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial fight. Amelia Earhard was given the award in 1926 prior to a 1927 ruling that the award be given to military personnel only.
The Air Medal was established on May 11, 1942. It is awarded for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight of a combat or non-combat nature. Of the two aviation medals the Distinguished Flying Cross is the more difficult to qualify for.