Amelia Earhart is famous for being the first woman to fly over the Atlantic Ocean and for disappearing when flying over the Pacific Ocean. She became the first female solo pilot to cross the Atlantic in 1932 on May 20 and 21, taking 14 hours and 56 minutes to fly from Newfoundland to London. She disappeared on July 3, 1937 during an attempt to fly around the world.Continue Reading
Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas on July 24, 1897. She took her first plane ride in Long Beach in 1920. This would lead her to take lessons with female aviator Neta Snook. Earhart bought her first plane, nicknamed "The Canary," in 1921. She flew her plane to 14,000 feet in 1923, establishing a world record for female pilots. Earhart became the 16th women to receive her pilot's license on May 15, 1923.
Amelia Earhart was selected to be the first woman to fly on a transatlantic flight in 1928. She flew with pilot Wilmer "Bill" Stultz, who piloted the entire flight due to bad weather. This flight made her a celebrity, and she was nicknamed "Lady Lindy."
Earhart's status earned her money to finance her flying. In August 1928, she became the first woman to fly solo across North America. She set a new world record of 18,415 feet in 1931. In 1932, she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, flying on the fifth anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's flight. On June 1, 1937, she embarked on a flight around the world with her navigator Fred Noonan. Their last communication with the U.S. Coast Guard vessel, Itasca, was on July 3, 1937 at 8:43 a.m. Amelia Earhart was never found and she was declared legal dead in 1939.Learn more about Inventions