Amelia Earhart (1897 – 1939)
an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean
Quote: “Never interrupt someone doing something you said couldn’t be done.”
- Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas. Early on, Earhart defied traditional gender roles by basketball and briefly attending college.
- Earhart began watching pilots while serving as a nurse’s aid at Red Cross.
- Earhart took her first airplane ride in 1920. Shortly after, she passed her flight test, earning a National Aeronautics Association license.
- Earhart became the first woman to fly solo above 14,000 feet. She set a number of records in her career.
- Earhart consistently worked to promote opportunities for women in aviation. In 1929, Earhart helped form the Ninety-Nines, an international organization for the advancement of female pilots.
- On June 1, 1937, Earhart took off from Oakland, California, on an eastbound flight around the world. Earhart was last seen on July 2, after she lost radio contact with the U.S Coast Guard.