Amelia Earhart

Soaring through the sky

Known as one of the greatest pilots in history, Earhart was the first person to fly across the Atlantic, and the first to attempt to fly across the world.

OverComing Personal Issues

Born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas, Earhart was a wild child growing up. Even though her parents raised her and her sister to be "proper" ladies, they were both tomboys. Her father had a alcohol problem, making it difficult to hold down a job. Since the father had a alcohol problem, the parents sent the sisters to their grandparents house whenever they had a financial problem.

Red Cross Nurse

After graduating high school, Earhart visited her sister for Christmas in Toronto, Canada. When she saw wounded soldiers from WWI coming home, she became a nurse’s aide for the Red Cross. In 1919 Amelia decided to enroll in Columbia University for medical studies, but quit a year later to be with her parents in California.

Watching the plane take flight

in 1920, Earhart watched a air show in Long Beach. Even though the show only lasted ten minutes, Earhart knew she wanted to fly. she began learning everything there was to know about aviators, and spent much time at the airfield. In style of other female aviators, Earhart decided to cut her hair short. She would cut her hair inch by inch so her mother wouldn't notice. At the time, the Earhart was living on Earhart's mother's Estate. By 1924, the money had ran out. To help pay the financial bills, Earhart sold her plane. in 1925, Amelia she enrolled in Columbia University again, but was forced to abandon her studies due to limited finances. She found work as a teacher and a social worker.

Flying Across The Atlantic

When Earhart received the phone call to fly across the atlantic, she thought it was a joke, but quickly agreed. Two other female pilots joined her and were off. after a 21-hour flight, the three women arrived in New York. They were greeted with a parade.

The woman who can create her own job is the woman who will win fame and fortune."

– Amelia Earhart

George P. Putnam

In 1931 Earhart married Putnam but flew under her maiden name.

Final Flight

In the years that followed, Earhart continued to break records. In 1937 at the age of 40, Earhart decided to fly across the World. on June 1st, Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonman were off. On July 2nd, Earhart contacted the ITASCA and reported “cloudy, weather cloudy.” The ITASCA attempted to send back a transmission, but Amelia was unable to hear. At 7:42 a.m. the ITASCA picked up a message, “We must be on you, but we cannot see you. Fuel is running low. Been unable to reach you by radio. We are flying at 1,000 feet.” At 8:45, Amelia reported, “we are running north and south.” Nothing was heard from Earhart after that.

"Amelia is a grand person for such a trip. She is the only woman flyer I would care to make such an expedition with. Because in addition to being a fine companion and pilot, she can take hardship as well as a man-and work like one."

-- Fred Noonan, Amelia's navigator for the around-the-world flight

What Could've happened

No One knows exactly what happend to Noonman and Earhart. Some believed that the plane they were flying was destroyed and they were lost at sea. Others believed that they crash landed on a uninhabited Gardner Island where they later died. Whatever happened to Earhart, she would be forever known as one of the greatest pilots ever lived. Today "Amelia Earhart" is celebrated on July 24-her birthday.