Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Mary Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas. Earhart is well known for her lifetime in aviation during a time period when women were not readily or easily part of that profession. "When 10-year-old Amelia Mary Earhart saw her first plane at a state fair, she was not impressed. "It was a thing of rusty wire and wood and looked not at all interesting," she said. It wasn't until Earhart attended a stunt-flying exhibition, almost a decade later, that she became seriously interested in aviation. A pilot spotted Earhart and her friend, who were watching from an isolated clearing, and dove at them. "I am sure he said to himself, 'Watch me make them scamper,'" she said. Earhart, who felt a mixture of fear and pleasure, stood her ground. As the plane swooped by, something inside her awakened. "I did not understand it at the time," she said, "but I believe that little red airplane said something to me as it swished by." On December 28, 1920, pilot Frank Hawks gave her a ride that would forever change her life. "By the time I had got two or three hundred feet off the ground," she said, "I knew I had to fly." (Source: www.amealiaearhart.com)

Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. On May 20, 1932, she set off from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in her single engine Lockheed Vega 5B. Her intent had been to fly to Paris but after 14 hours and 56 minutes of strong winds, icy conditions and mechanical problems she had to land in a pasture in Culmore, Northern Ireland. That site is now home to the Amelia Earhart Centre, a small museum.

On January 11, 1935, she became the first person to fly solo from Honolulu, Hawaii to Oakland, california. In that same year she also attempted and completed many aviation feats. She earned numerous awards and set seven speed and distance aviation records in various aircraft between 1930 and 1935. In 1936, she started planning her flight around the world and in June of 1937 she set out to fly around the world. On July 2, 1937, as she and her passenger Fred Noonan approached Howland Island, radio transmissions ceased and the pair, along with the plane, went missing. Many theories and search expeditions have come about since then but no conclusive evidence has been found to determine the final events of that day.

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