What are some biographical facts about Amelia Earhart?


Quick Answer

Amelia Earhart was an author, pilot and women’s rights activist. Born on July 24, 1897, she was the first woman to make a solo crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by plane. She disappeared in 1937 while attempting to fly around the world. There is no verified information about what happened to her.

Continue Reading
What are some biographical facts about Amelia Earhart?
Credit: Science & Society Picture Library SSPL Getty Images

Full Answer

Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas. Her first plane was a bright yellow, secondhand biplane named The Canary. In October 1922, she achieved a flight of 14,000 feet, which gave her the world record for the highest altitude achieved by a woman pilot. In 1923, she received her pilot’s license from the National Aeronautic Association, becoming the first woman to do so.

Amelia Earhart was nicknamed Lady Lindy by the press. She married George P. Putnam, a book publisher and publicist, in 1931. She played an important role in setting up an organization for woman pilots called The Ninety-Nines.

On May 20, 1932, at the age of 34, Amelia Earhart set off on her journey to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. She flew in her single-engine Lockheed Vega 5B, starting from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, and landing in Culmore, Northern Ireland. Her original plan was to fly to Paris, but weather and technical issues forced her to land in Northern Ireland. The flight lasted a total of 14 hours and 56 minutes.

On June 1, 1937, at the age of 39, Amelia Earhart along with navigator Fred Noonan took off from Miami to complete a flight around the world. On July 2, 1937, they disappeared near Howland Island. After an extensive search, authorities declared her dead on January 5, 1939.

Learn more about Art & Literature

Related Questions