Amelia Earhart Essay

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Amelia Earhart is a legend in America for flying the airplane. She had a passion for planes that went beyond a hobby. Other than flying she also wrote a few books and developed a fashion trend of flight clothes. She had many accomplishments in her life time from going to college to being the first women to solo over the Atlantic. Amelia Earhart is known in the American perception as one of the world's most famous aviators. Amelia remains an icon of the power and perseverance of American women, and the adventurous spirit so essential to the American persona.
Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas on July 24th, 1897 to Edwin and Amy Earhart. Amelia learned to read at age five and ...view middle of the document...

In June of 1930 she set the women’s speed record for 100 kilometers with no load, and with a load of 500 kilograms. A month later, she set a speed record of 181.18 over a 3k course. Around April of 1931, she set an altitude record for the autogyros of 18,415 feet that stood for years. In May 1932 Amelia flew solo across the Atlantic. As well, in August she flew solo nonstop coast to coast and set women’s nonstop transcontinental speed record. By fall of 1932, she was elected president of the Ninety Nines which is a woman’s aviation club that she helped to form. By July of 1933, Amelia set a new transcontinental speed record in seventeen hours and seven minutes which was two hours less than the previous. On January 11th, 1935 she flew from Honolulu, Hawaii to Oakland, California, making her the first person to fly solo in the Pacific. Later that year she was the first to fly solo nonstop from Mexico City to Newark. Also in 1935, she got a job with the faculty of Purdue University as a female career consultant which enabled her to fulfill her dream of circumnavigating the globe by air. In June 1937 right before her 40th birthday she was ready for a final challenge. Amelia and Fred Noonan departed on June 1st for the 29,000 mile journey. On June 29th they landed in Lae, New Guinea, all but 7,000 miles of their journey had been completed. On July 2nd despite the overcast weather and rain showers they took off anyway. At 7:42 A.M. the Itasca picked up the message, "We must be on you, but we cannot see you. Fuel is running low. Been unable to reach you by radio. We are flying at 1,000 feet." The ship tried to reply, but the plane seemed not to hear. At 8:45 Earhart...

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