Amelia Earhart

Amelia Mary Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas. It is said that the year of Amelia Earhart’s death is 1937. However the place of her demise is unknown. This soon to be world famous aviator’s first taste of aviation really did not impress her all that much. A while after seeing that airplane at the state fair, Amelia Earhart went to a stunt flying exhibition where her life long love of flying was born. During that fateful exhibition a pilot dove towards Amelia and a friend while they watched the show, most likely in an attempt to scaring them. Amelia Earhart stood her ground and as the plane swooped over her head that this was her lifes calling.

After she graduated from high school in 1915 Amelia Earhart worked for a time as a nurse’s aide in a Canadian military hospital during the first world war. Earhart attended college and became a social worker. Amelia Earhart took her very first flying lesson in January of 1921 and just six months later through a lot of hard work was able to put together enough money to purchase her own plane. The bright yellow plane named “Canary” was used by Amelia Earhart to set her first women’s flying record for reaching an altitude of 14,000 feet.

Amelia Earhart entered several flying contests over the years that weren’t taken very seriously by men. Through these competitions she met George Putnam who would eventually become her husband. However still wanting to remain independent Amelia Earhart thought of her marriage more as a partnership and had been quoted as saying the relationship was “dual control”.

In the years that followed Amelia Earhart continued to smash flight records while planning her last adventure. At the age of forty years old Amelia Earhart wished to be the first woman to fly around the world. The ill fated flight was not the success she hoped it would be as she and her co-pilot never made it to their final destination.

While no one knows for sure what happened it is a theory of many that Amelia Earhart and her co-pilot were captured and possibly killed by the Japanese in Saipan.

In 2009, Amelia was included in two films, Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian, and Amelia.

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