Amelia Earhart was an American aviator and also one of the most celebrated ones. She was the first woman and the second person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She also became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean. Amelia was born on July 24, 1897, in Atchison, Kansas. Her father was a railroad lawyer.
She displayed an adventurous and independent nature from childhood. She saw a plane for the very first time at the age of 10 years at a fair and she was not overly impressed. Amelia Earhart took her first flying lesson on January 3, 1921, from a female flight instructor Neta Snook. She is best known for her numerous aviation records.
Quick Facts: –
- In 1923, Amelia Earhart became the 16th woman to receive a pilot’s license.
- Her first plane was a bright yellow Kinner Airster that she nicknamed ‘The Canary’.
- She became known as ‘Lady Lindy’ after her first flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
- Amelia also became the first president of the organization of licensed pilots. Today this organization represents women flyers from 44 countries.
- During World War I, she also served as a Red Cross nurse’s aide in Toronto, Canada.
- In 1928, she was also appointed as Cosmopolitan’s Aviation editor and wrote articles about flying.
- In July 1937, she disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. This flight was intended to circumnavigate the earth.
- On January 5, 1939, Amelia Earhart along with his fellow aviator Fred Noonan was declared dead.