Introduction The worlds most famous female aviator disappeared in 1937, as she attempted to become the first woman to fly around the world. With her navigator, Fred Noonan, her Lockheed Electra was last heard from about 100 miles from the tiny Pacific atoll, Howland Island, on July 2, 1937. President Roosevelt authorized an immediate search; no trace was ever found. Over the years, the disappearance of Amelia Earhart has spawned almost as many conspiracy theories as the Lindbergh Kidnapping and the Kennedy Assassination.
She achieved a number of aviation records: The first woman to fly across the Atlantic, in 1928 The second person to fly solo across the Atlantic in 1932 The first person to solo from Hawaii to California, in 1935 Guided by her publicist and husband, George Putnam, she made headlines in the era when aviation gripped the publics imagination.
About HerBorn July 24, 1897 Atchison, Kansas, U.S.Nationality AmericanKnown for First woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and setting many aviation records.Disappeared July 2, 1937 (aged 39) Pacific Ocean, route to Howland islandStatus Declared dead in absentia January 5, 1939(1939-01-05) (aged 41)Signature
Childhood Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 in Kansas, the daughter of Edwin and Amy Earhart. At the age of three, she was sent to live with her grandmother (her namesake), mainly because the old woman needed company and a distraction from the deaths of her mother, her son, and her daughter-in- law, as well as the poor mental condition of her husband Alfred. She liked their home in Atchison, Kansas, especially her large bedroom with views of the nearby river, now a museum open to the public.
The grandparents (or grandmother) raised Amelia during her early childhood. She enjoyed her life with her grandparents: learning to read at five, and secure in a place where it seemed that almost everyone was family. But her grandmother was timid, and a worrier, and did not approve of Amelias tomboy tendencies, so Amelia kept her pony-riding, tree- climbing, snow-sledding, and hunting activities to herself. Her parents were only 50 miles away, and she summered with them, so she remained close to them during these years.
Flight She took her first ride in an airplane in 1920. After her flight with barnstormer Frank Hawks, she said "As soon as we left the ground, I knew I myself had to fly.“ Indeed, within a few days, she took her first flying lesson, in a Curtiss JN-4 Jenny. Six months later, she bought her own airplane, a yellow Kinner Airster, that she dubbed "The Canary." Like Gabby Gabreski, she was not a naturally gifted pilot, but she persevered, built up her flying time, and even broke the womans altitude record in 1922.
The mid-Twenties were difficult years for Amelia. Her mother finally divorced Edwin, thus ending that part of Amelias family life. She studied at Columbia for a time, but lack of money compelled her to withdraw. She had a long-term engagement to one Sam Chapmen, but they never married. She was active in aviation and social work, living in Medford, Massachusetts for a time. She flew whenever she could, distributing free passes to a carnival on one occasion, and was active in Boston aviation circles.
Amelia with her first bought airplane called “Kinner Airster”
Her Last Flight In 1937 Amelia Earhart attempted an around-the- world flight. Flying a custom-built Lockheed Model 10E Electra, equipped with extra-large gas tanks, she would follow a close to the Equator route, thus going one better than Wiley Posts northern, mid-latitude route. In her first effort, in March of 1937, she flew west, but a crash in Hawaii abruptly ended that trip.
Time line of Her Last FlightDate Departure Arrival Distance(miles)May 12 Orkland Burbank 283 “ Burbank Tucson 393 “ Tucson New Orleans 1,070 “ New Orleans Miami 586June 1 Miami San Juan 908 “ San Juan Cumana 492 “ Cumana Paramaribo 610 “ Paramaribo Fortaleza 1,142 “ Fortaleza Natal 235 “ Natal St. Louis 1,727 “ St. Louis Dakar 100 “ Dakar Gao 1,016 “ Gao NDjamena 910
Date Departure Arrival Distance(miles) “ NDjamena El Fasher 110 “ El Fasher Khartoum 437 “ Khartoum Massawa 400 “ Massawa Assab 241 “ Assab Karachi 1,627 June 16-17 Karachi Calcutta 1,178 “ Calcutta Sittwe 291 “ Sittwe Rangoon 268 “ Rangoon Bangkok 315 “ Bangkok Singapore 780 “ Singapore Bandung 541June 27 Bandung Surabaya 310 “ Surabaya Kupang 668 “ Kupang Darwin 445June 28-29 Darwin Lae 1,012
Date Departure Arrival Distance(miles) “ Lae Howland Island 2,224 “ Howland Island Honolulu 1,648 “ Honolulu Oakland 2,090 TOTAL MILES 24,557 "Earhart Light" on Howland island