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She was an American aviation pioneer.
In 1932, she became the first woman to fly over the North American continent.
Sadly, on July 2nd, 1937 she disappeared.
July 24th is Amelia Earhart Day, a day to celebrate and honor the famous female aviator, who broke so many aviation records and warmed our hearts with her charm and dedication.
In honor of Amelia Earhart’s achievements, we are celebrating her with some unique, and little known, facts about her incredible life. From her childhood, Amelia Earhart was adventurous and outgoing, something that never changed. Amelia is a champion of women’s suffrage and a true American hero.
The Early Years
While growing up, Amelia lived primarily with her grandparents. During the school year, her grandparents would take care of her. When summer would come, Amelia would pack up and move to Kansas to stay with her mom and dad.
As a young girl, she was quite adventurous. She had an undeniable spirit. Amelia would climb trees, hunt animals and pretend to ride imaginary horses. The first time she ever laid eyes on an airplane, she was at the Iowa State Fair. Later on, she recalled that she wasn’t that impressed with the plane, because it wasn’t outwardly that appealing.
Amelia grew up fast, in a troubled home. Her father was an alcoholic, going so far as to check into a rehabilitation center to overcome his addiction. Unfortunately, he was unable to get better and Amelia’s mother ended up leaving him, taking the children with her.
In high school, Amelia had difficulty making friends. In her yearbook, she’s referenced as the “girl who walks alone.” Later, her vivacious attitude and adventurous spirit would ensure she always had a friend if she needed one.
Her Life After Childhood
During World War I, altruistic Amelia volunteered at Spadina Military Hospital as a nurse. She helped injured soldiers, dressing their wounds and helping them in any way she could.
Her first ride in an airplane was with pilot Frank Hawk. During the ride, Amelia realized that flying was her calling. Of course, being that she was such an adventurous, spirited child, it’s no surprise she took to flying – a sport dominated by men, but ready for a woman to prove she could do it too.
Creating a Life in the Sky
Amelia worked a number of odd jobs to save up enough money for flying lessons. She worked as a truck driver, a stenographer and a photographer. Eventually, she earned herself enough money to take lessons and six months later, she purchased her first small plane.
In 1924, after receiving her pilot’s license and setting the High Altitude Record for Female Pilots, Amelia decided to take a brief hiatus from flying. She moved to Boston, where she worked as a teacher and social worker. But, nothing could keep her out of the skies.
There are many theories surrounding the fateful night Amelia Earhart and her co-pilot Frank Noonan went missing. Some think they crash landed in the ocean, while others believe they wound up in the jungles of New Britain. No matter how or why it happened, it was a tragedy to lose such an important hero of history.