What Are Some Facts About Amelia Earhart?

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One of the most well-known facts about Amelia Earhart is that she vanished on July 2, 1937 while attempting the first around-the-world flight to take place along the equator. Earhart left for the trip in June 1937 and vanished along with her navigator, Frederick Noonan.

Other facts about Amelia Earhart include that she was the first person to fly solo over both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, that she was a female career consultant at Purdue University, and that prior to becoming involved in aviation, she worked as both a nurse's aide and a social worker. Amelia also enrolled as a premed student at Columbia University before moving to California.

Earhart was the first female to receive the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, and the U.S. Post office issued an airmail stamp in her honor. George Putnam, the man who later became Earhart's husband, chose her as the first female passenger to cross the Atlantic. Earhart took up aviation as a hobby while living in California and purchased her first airplane in 1922.

Another interesting fact about Amelia Mary Earhart is that she was named after her two grandmothers: Amelia Harres Otis and Mary Wells Earhart. This was a tradition in her family.