1 Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas, on July 24, 1897. She was a tomboy--climbing trees, hunting, sledding in the deep snow. When she was about ten years old, she saw her first airplane, but wasn't really interested at the time. Ten years later, she took her first ride in an airplane. From that moment, she knew that she was going to fly. 2 Amelia began taking flight lessons and set out to fulfill her dream of flying. She spent many hours and a lot of hard working learning to fly because this was not something that she was naturally good at. In 1922, she broke the record for highest altitude ever reached by a woman. 3 She became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic in 1928 and set her sights on being the first woman to fly around the world. 4 In 1937, she began that flight. She started in Miami, Florida, and was to fly around the world, returning to California a little over a month later. However, something went wrong. She had flown a great distance and was scheduled to fly to Howland Island around the end of June. She never made it. No one really knows what happened. She has never been found. Her airplane has also never been seen. 5 Amelia Earhart will always be remembered as the first woman who attempted to fly solo around the world, but never achieved that goal.
Known as one of the world's most celebrated aviators, Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas. The family moved often and she completed high school in Chicago, Illinois in 1916. During World War I she worked as a military nurse in Canada and later taught English to immigrant factory workers. Her studies as a premed student were brief as her attention turned to airplanes.
Against her family's wishes, she learned to fly at the age of 24 and made her first solo flight in 1921. A few months later she purchased her first airplane, a Kinner Canary. Ms. Earhart achieved a number of aviation firsts and became known as the "First Lady of the Air". For years aviation had been dominated by men, but Earhart challenged gender barriers and influenced women's position in the aviation industry. Her flying career lasted for 16 years.
During those years her love of flying brought her several distinctions. In 1922 she broke the women's altitude record of 14,000 feet. On June 17 and 18, 1928, she became the first woman passenger to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. Four years later in 1932, she became the first woman pilot to cross the Atlantic and in doing so set a new time record of 14 hours and 56 minutes. Then in 1935 she flew solo from Hawaii to California -- a feat that had ended in disaster for other pilots. The distance, incidentally, is greater than from the United States to Europe.
Determined to set another "first", she decided to fly around the world in 1937. Her twin engine, propeller driven Lockheed Electra lifted off from Miami, Florida and headed east assisted by high altitude winds. Serving as navigator for this very long flight was Fred Noonan. As they were entering their last one-third of the flight over the Pacific Ocean, the Lockheed vanished somewhere between New Guinea and tiny Howland Island. Attempts then, and even now, to locate the plane, Ms. Earhart and Mr. Noonan have been unsuccessful. Their disappearance remains one of the great mysteries of aviation.
Amelia Mary Earhart died doing what she most loved -- and was only a few days from celebrating her 40th birthday.
Facts About Amelia Earhart By Beth A. Beutler
1 Katherine sighed as she watched the sky. She loved looking at the planes, especially at an air show. 2 Katherine's dad came up behind her. "Hi, sweetie!" he said. 3 "Hi, Dad." 4 "It's fun to watch the planes, isn't it?" 5 "It sure is," Katherine answered enthusiastically. "I want to fly someday!" 6 Katherine's dad grinned. "Maybe you can be like Amelia Earhart, except for the end of her life." 7 "Who was Amelia Earhart?" 8 "Amelia was a wonderful pilot. Let me tell you some facts about her." 9 Katherine's dad began to list some interesting information about this female pilot. 10 Top Ten Facts About Amelia Earhart 11 1. She was an outstanding woman, demonstrating that women can put their minds to what they want and achieve it. 12 2. She attended many schools but stayed current in all her classes even when having to change schools. 13 3. People admired Amelia for her courage. 14 4. She was the first woman to hold a pilot's license. 15 5. She flew many successful trips. 16 6. Instead of typical flying uniforms, she wore suits or dresses. 17 7. She said, "My ambition is to have this wonderful gift produce practical results for the future of commercial flying and for the women who may want to fly tomorrow's planes." 18 8. When she was nearly 40, she disappeared on the last leg of a flight around the world. 19 9. Over 4 million dollars were spent to try to find Amelia or her plane, but to this day, there has been no evidence found of what happened to her. 20 10. Amelia was turned on to flying when she was around 20 years old and went to a stunt flying exhibition. 21 "That's interesting, Dad. Do you really think I could learn to fly a plane?" Katherine asked. 22 "I think you can do anything you put your mind to, sweetie!" Her dad replied. 23 Katherine looked up at another plane doing a loop in the sky. She smiled. "That'll be me someday," she said to herself.