Amelia Earhart. I was born July 24, 1897, in beautiful Atchison, Kansas, raised by my parents Edwin and Amy Earhart. Growing up, I was a total tomboy who had a passion for chemistry and sports. I often felt like I was born in the wrong time period because girls were expected to do girly things when I was young. They could not fish, play football or basketball, perform experiments, or do anything else I was interested in. So I made my own rules, following the passions that I wanted.
After my adolescent years, I started to volunteer as a nurse during World War 1. As I cared for the wounded pilots, I became acquainted with the world of flying. My family and I then moved to Southern California. In Long Beach, CA, I attended an air show that changed my life. Even though the ride was only 10 minutes, I knew that the air was where I was destined to be once I was off the ground. I immediately started taking flying lessons from Anita Snook at Kinner Airfield.
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Then, I bought my first second-hand Kinner Airster biplane painted bright yellow, and I nicknamed it “The Canary”. On May 15, 1923, I became the 16th woman to be issued a pilot’s license by the world governing body for aeronautics, The Federation Aeronautique. Unfortunately, in 1924 my parents separated, forcing me to move to Boston and sell my plane.
In 1928 a public relations firm was looking for a female to be the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean as a good gesture to England from the United States. On June 17, 1928, I took off from Trespassey Harbor, Newfoundland. Accompanying me on the flight was pilot Wilmer Stultz and co-pilot/mechanic Louis E. Gordon. Twenty hours and 40 minutes later, we landed in Burry Point, Wales. It was that day that I became infamous. Although the journey was a success, I felt like baggage on the plane ride because I did not get to participate in the flying.
Despite my fame, I was not the best woman aviator of my day. I have had many crashes, and frequently in the air, I endure unbearable upset stomachs from the gasoline fumes. Nevertheless, I was getting more well known by the day, and it was only a matter of time before I needed to make another big trip. So on May 20, 1932, I took off from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland and, due to technical difficulties, landed in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, making me the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
Between 1930 and 1935, I set seven women’s speed and distance aviation records in various aircraft. By 1935 I began to plan one last flight that would set me apart before I retired. I decided that I would attempt to be the first person to circumnavigate the world at the equator. I knew that this flight would be the greatest risk of my life, but I wanted it badly. March 17, 1937, I took off from Oakland, CA, toward Honolulu, HI; however, my plane crashed in Honolulu, setting me back from my greatest adventure ever. Seventy-nine days and 30,000 dollars later, I left Miami on June 1 to try again. I was three-fourths of the way before I got so sick and needed to land in New Guinea to regain strength. On July 2, 1937, I left Lea, New Guinea, to finish my journey.
Bass 3, but as proceeded, the clouds got thicker and, though I did not know it at the time, I was more than five miles off of my target island. I had been ill-informed of how to work the radio, and I did not know Morse code. The fuel was getting low, and in every direction, all I could see was the glistening blue ocean. Numerous times I attempted to radio for help; however, I never received a response. I just kept flying until my plane slowly fell into the waves of the deep blue sea. I was forever lost. Or was I?
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