1800's-1900's Amelia Earhart

1897-1937

Amelia Earhart was born July 24, 1897 in Kansas. She was ten years old when she saw her first airplane at the Iowa State Fair. She described it as "...a thing of rusty wire and wood and not at all interesting..."

Along with her mother and her sister, Amelia moved to live with friends in Chicago in 1914. She decided to train as a nurse's aid in Toronto. Later she served as a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse at a military hospital. She enrolled as a pre-med student at the Columbia University in the fall of 1919. Although she was doing well in her studies, she decided to join her parents in California. She took her first airplane ride, only a ten minute flight over Los Angeles, California. Not long after, she took flying lessons from Anita Snook at Kinner Field near Long Beach, California.

Look at Amelia Earhart's accomplishments below:

  1. Set a woman's altitude record of 14,000 feet
  2. First woman passenger to fly across the Atlantic Ocean
  3. First woman pilot to cross the Atlantic Ocean on a solo flight
  4. Longest non-stop distance flown by a woman
  5. First person to fly from Hawaii to California

Amelia Earhart's plane went down on July 2, 1937 during an attempt to fly around the world. There is no record of her disappearance to this day!

 

 


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