Amelia Earhart By: Morgan Blodgett Period 3 5/1/09
Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas on July 24 th 1897
She took her first ride in an airplane in 1920. After her flight, she said, "As soon as I left the ground, I knew I had to fly." Within a few days, she took her first flying lesson. About Six months later, she bought her own airplane that she named "The Canary.“ She was not naturally a good pilot, but she kept at her dream and broke the woman's altitude record in 1922.
She studied at Columbia for a while but her family didn’t have enough money so she decided to withdraw
In 1928, Amelia Earhart received a phone call inviting her to become the first woman passenger to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a plane.
On June 17, after several delays, Amelia flew in a plane named Friendship with co-pilots Wilmer Stultz and Louis Gordon. The plane landed at Burry Port, South Wales.
Her first trip across the Atlantic took more than 20 hours! After that flight Earhart became a media sensation.
Because her record-breaking career was so similar to pioneering pilot, Charles Lindbergh, she earned the nickname "Lady Lindy."
Earhart wrote a book about her first flight across the Atlantic, called 20 Hrs., 40 Min
By early 1932 no other person had flown solo across the Atlantic since Lindbergh.
On May 20, 1932, exactly 5 years after the Lindbergh flight, Amelia's Lockheed Vega began the journey. Since she did not drink coffee or tea, she stayed awake by using smelling salts on long trips.
Somewhat off-course, she landed in an open field near Londonderry in Ireland.
In the autumn of 1934, Amelia announced to George Putnam that her next venture would be a trans-Pacific flight from Hawaii to California. Also another one to Washington D.C. Ten pilots had lost their lives attempting this flight. Amelia would be the first to successfully fly this flight. A civilian plane carried a two-way radio telephone for communication.
She departed Wheeler Field on January 11, 1935 and landed in Oakland, California and heard thousands of people cheering.
In the next couple of months, Amelia was on the road almost non-stop with her lecture tours. Right after meeting the Consul-General of Mexico, Amelia flew to Mexico City on a goodwill visit. When she got back, she announced that she had accepted an appointment at Purdue University in Indiana. At the university she would be a consultant in the department for the study of careers for women.
She decided that her next trip would be to fly around the world. In March 1937, she flew to Hawaii with fellow pilot Paul Mantz. Earhart lost control of the plane on takeoff, and the plane had to be sent to the factory for repairs. In June, she went to Miami to try the flight again, this time with Fred Noonan as her navigator.
The two made it to New Guinea in 21 days. During the next part of the trip, they departed New Guinea for Howland Island. July 2, 1937, was the last time Earhart and Noonan communicated with a nearby Coast Guard ship. They were never heard from again.
No one knows for sure what happened, but many people believe they got lost and ran out of fuel and died. After a very hard search, Amelia Earhart was claimed dead on January 5 th 1939
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