(from the Los Angeles Daily News)
Born: July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas
Died: She disappeared on July 2, 1937 over the Pacific Ocean. She was declared dead on January 5, 1939
Best known for: Being the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean
Where did Amelia Earhart grow up?
Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas. Her father, Edwin, was a lawyer who worked for the railroad. She spent a lot of her childhood playing with her younger sister Muriel.
Growing up Amelia and her sister had all sorts of adventures. They collected insects and frogs. They liked to play sports including baseball and football. Amelia even learned to shoot a .22 rifle and used it to kill rats in her Dad’s barn.
Amelia’s first “flight” was when she was just seven years old. With the help of Muriel and her uncle she made a homemade roller coaster. After crashing dramatically she told her sister that it “was just like flying”.
When Amelia was eleven years old, in 1908, she saw one of the Wright Brothers first airplanes at the Iowa State Fair. She had no interest in flying and didn’t think much of the plane at the time.
First Time Flying
On December 28, 1920 Amelia and her father visited an air show in California. Amelia went on her first plane flight that day. She later said that “I knew I had to fly” as soon as the plane was just a few hundred feet off the ground. Amelia worked hard and, together with some money from her mother, she was able to pay for flying lessons. Eventually she purchased her own plane. A bright yellow airplane she nicknamed the “Canary”. She also got her pilot’s license and set a new altitude record for female pilots of 14,000 feet.
First Woman to Cross the Atlantic
In 1928 Amelia was invited to take part in a historic flight across the Atlantic. Together with pilot Bill Stultz and co-pilot Slim Gordon, Amelia flew across the Atlantic Ocean in the airplane Friendship. Amelia was the navigator on the flight. On June 18, 1928 after twenty one hours of flying, the plane landed in Wales. She was the first woman to make the flight across the Atlantic. Earhart was received back in the United States as a hero. They had a ticker tape parade for her in New York City and she even got to meet President Calvin Coolidge at the White House.
The United States government searched for Amelia and her plane for several weeks, but they could not find them. There have been a lot of theories about what happened to the flight, but no one really knows and her plane has never been found.
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