First women to fly over the Atlantic
Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas. She died on July 2, 1937. When Amelia was young she, lived most of her life with her maternal grandmother. But, when her grandmother died her parents came to get her. Her father had problems with alcohol and had problems finding a job he could stay with. That caused Amelia move around a lot and attended many different schools.
When she was young flying and aviation was a very dangerous sport which Amelia was fascinated of. Amelia took lessons with a lady named Neta Snook.Neta was one of the few women pilots in the 1920's. Amelia bought her own plane and set an unconfirmed record for women. There were some difficulties for Amelia when, she wanted fly people used to say that she liked to "boy" activities.
Amelia was famous for being the first women to cross over the Atlantic by airplane. Another reason why she was famous because of her resemblance to a famous pilot Charles Lindbergh.
In 1929, Amelia helped found the Ninety-Nines. An international organization for women pilots. Ninety-Nines provided professional opportunities for women in Aviation.
In 1932, Amelia took of from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland and landed in a pasture near Londonderry, Northern Ireland. She became known to be the first women to fly over the Atlantic alone.
In 1937, Amelia and her navigator, Fredrick J. Noonan, set off to fly around the world. They took off from Oakland, California on May 20, flying towards the West. They made it safely as far as to Hawaii. When, leaving Hawaii the plane got damaged. After, repairing they started off their flight, but now towards the east.
On July 1, Amelia and her navigator took off for the their longest journey, they where heading for Howland Island, which is located in the center of the Pacific Ocean. The next day the U.S. Navy vessel got a radio message for Amelia saying they have empty fuel tanks. When they tried to return the message it failed. After, along time of searching for the plane, they found no trace of the plane anywhere or Amelia and Fredrick. Some people say that they must have crashed their plane into the ocean and died. Likely, the plane ran out of fuel and the navigation error took them off course.
Facts about the famous pilot
- Amelia had to attend six different high schools and surprisingly she graduated on time.
- Amelia was called "Lady Lindy" because of her resemblance to the famous pilot Charles Lindbergh
- Amelia was the 16th women to get her pilot license ( #6017)
- Amelia was named Amelia Mary Earhart after two of her grandmothers, Amelia Harres Otis and Mary Wells Earhart.
- Amelia had gotten a nickname "Meelie" from her younger sister Muriel, because she couldn't pronounce her name as a kid.
Accomplishing is a great ideal
Amelia made a great accomplishment, by being the first women to fly over the Atlantic. It's takes courage to do something like that even though you know the circumstances. She has inspired and gave hope to women to believe that they can do things that people say that can never be done.