Amelia Earhart was the first Female Aviator to make a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. However, in 1937, during a flight around the world, she mysteriously disappeared…
Amelia Mary Earhart was born on July 24th 1897 in Atchison, Kansas. She was the daughter of Edwin and Amelia Earhart.
Amelia and her sister Muriel lived with their wealthy grandparents from a young age. In 1920, Amelia attended an air show. She took a ten minute plane ride and immediately decided she would learn to fly. She took up several jobs in order to afford lessons and was instructed by pioneer, female aviator Anita Snook.
After working her many jobs and with assistance from her mother, in summer 1921 Amelia bought her first plane. It was a second hand Bi-plane. She named it “The Canary’.
On October 22nd 1922, Amelia gained her first record. She flew at 14000 feet, the world altitude record for a female pilot.
At this time, Amelia’s family were living off the estate left to her mother. Amelia helped out with funding, but in 1924 money ran out and she was forced to abandon her career and take up a job as a teacher, then a social worker.
She gradually returned to flying in 1927. In May that year, Charles Lindbergh made a solo flight from New York to Paris. After this, people wanted a female to make the flight over the Atlantic. In 1928, she got a call from pilot Captain Railey asking if Amelia would make this flight. She immediately agreed and after a series of interviews, was selected to make the flight over the Atlantic… as a passenger. At the time, the task was considered too great for a woman.
The flight departed on June 17th 1928. She was accompanied by pilot Wilmer Stulz and Co-pilot Louis E. Gordon. The journey took a total of 20Hours and 40Mins. Four years later, on May 20th 1932, Amelia took the trip across the Atlantic alone, and became the first female aviation pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic. Amelia made many incredible journeys during her lifetime and also broke many records. However, in 1935, she began to think about circling the world.
Amelia married George Putnam in 1931. He was the publisher of her autobiography and helped her to plan her global flight.
Unfortunately, during her flight around the world, on July 2nd 1937, Amelia, and her navigator Fred Noonan, disappeared over the Pacific Ocean, somewhere between Lae, New Guinea, and Howard Island.
Strangely, three expeditions have set out since 2002, but none found any wreckage after covering over 2000 square nautical miles.
There are many theories about what may have happened to her. One of which is that her plane ran out of fuel which led to an open ocean crash into the Pacific. We may never know what happened to Amelia Earhart, but her legacy lives on and has inspired other females to become pilots and keep pushing the boundaries of aviation.