Amelia Earhart

"The first woman to fly across the Atlantic"

Biography & Impact on 1920's

Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas. Growing up with her sister, Grace, it was clear that these two were adventourous, spending hours exploring their neighborhood. In 1909 the Earharts moved to Iowa, where Amelia was enrolled in a public school. Then again in 1915, Earhart packed up her things and moved out to St. Paul, Minnesota, but shorty after moving to Chicago. Earhart was set on finding the best science program, and eventually ended up graduating from Hyde Park High School in 1916 with excellent grades. On December 28, 1920 Amelia and her father visited an airfield. Soon, Earhart was preparing for her first fllight with professional, Frank Hawks. After only flying a few feet off the ground, Amelia Earhart knew how to fly. This short ride made her obsessed with flying, and she was determined to make this her career. Six months after Earharts first flight, with months of lessons and saving up money, she bought her first plane. She named this plane the "Canary" due to it's bright yellow color. On May 15, 1923, Amelia Earhart became the 16th woman to be given a pilot's liscense by the Federation Aeronautique International. In April of 1928, Earhart recieved a call from publicist Capt. Hilton H. Railey asking if she would like to fly across the Atlantic. She was asked to join Louis E. Gordon and Wilmer Stultz for this flight. On June 17, 1928, the three pilots made their way to Burry Port, Wales. When returning back to the United States they were greeted with a parade in New York and a reception at the White House with Calvin Coolidge. A few years later Earhart got married to George Putnam on February 7, 1931. Throughout the rest of her life Earhart spent a lot of time in the sky, continuing with her adventures. On July 2, 1937, she left Lea for Howland Island but sadly she never made it there. Her last known position was somewhere by the Nukumanu Islands, but no trace of Earhart or her plane were found.
Amelia Earhart - Mini Biography