Amelia Across the Atlantic

National Library of Ireland, (c)2017

Amelia Mary Earhart was born in Kansas on July 24, 1897.

She first became interested in aviation in her early 20’s when she got the opportunity to fly with pilot Frank Hawks.

She later recounted that “…by the time I had got two or three hundred feet off the ground, I knew I had to fly.”

Amelia graduated from high school and then moved to Philadelphia to attend a girl’s finishing school.

She dropped out the second year and moved to Canada during World War II to work as a nurse’s aide.

She then attended college and moved to Boston to do social work. Earhart took her first flying lesson in 1921.

The same year, she bought her bright yellow two-seater biplane and named it, “The Canary.”

In 1923, she became the 16th woman to obtain her pilots license from the National Aeronautic Association.

The same year she broke the woman’s record of altitude on The Canary by rising to 14,000 feet.

Earhart, along with several other recognized female pilots founded the Ninety-Nines.

In 1928, she received a call from publicist George Putnam offering her the opportunity to take part in a trans-Atlantic flight.

Her flight as a passenger from the coast of Canada to Wales made her instantly famous, although she felt like nothing more than,‘a sack of potatoes.’

Four years later, she became the first person to fly the Atlantic alone twice, and the first woman to fly nonstop across the United States.

Earhart’s ambitions grew.

In 1937 she prepared to fly around the world, but it ended prematurely when her plane crashed on takeoff in Hawaii.

Two months later, Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonanshe tried again.

On July 2, 1937 during the hardest leg from New Guinea to Howland Island, their plane disappeared.

Despite her disappearance, she remains to be an iconic and highly acclaimed aviatrix ambassador.

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