Amelia Earhart

"Missing Aviator"

Young Age

At 10 years old, Amelia was not impressed about the plane she saw at the state fair. "It was a thing of wood and looked not at all interesting." She said. A decade later she became seriously interested in aviation when she had went to a stunt-flying exhibition Earhart and her friend had a pilot drive over them. She felt pleasure and a sense of fear inside her. "I did not understand it at the time, but I believe that little red plane said something to me as it swished by." December of 1920, a pilot and record breaking aviator, gave Amelia a ride on a plane that changed her life forever. "By the time I got 200 or 300 feet off the ground, I knew I had to fly." Earhart's love for planes was strong, yet she still had to face the obstacles ahead of her.

Career

She kept a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about women who had succeeded in male-dominated jobs. This included film, law, and mechanical engineering. Earhart had graduated from high school in 1915 and attended Ognotz, an all girls' finishing school in Philadelphia She had left in the middle of her second year to work as a nurse in Canada. She worked helping wounded victims from WW1. She took other random jobs to help pay for her first flying lesson in 1922. That same year she bought her first plane. Using this plane, she broke her first world record at flying at an altitude of 14,000 ft.

World May Never Know...

In 1936, Amelia got a call from a man asking if she wanted to be the first lady to fly across the Atlantic ocean. She replied "yes!". She worked with pilot Bill Stults and co-pilot Slim Gordan. Together their plans to get Amelia the first woman and second person to fly across the Atlantic ocean were kept secret.For her 40th birthday, she wanted to complete the challenge "I have a feeling that there is just one more good flight left and I hope this trip is it." She said. On July 2nd Amelia took off. She had reported that it was "cloudy and that her fuel was running low". At 8:45am, She also reported that she was "running north and south" Nothing was heard after. An immediate rescue team was sent over to find her, but there were no signs of her. The rescue search cost 4 million dollars and lasted for 2 years. Government officials called it off in 1938. She was never found.
Amelia Earhart - Mini Biography

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