Amelia Earhart: A Biography by Doris L. RichShe died mysteriously before she was forty. Yet in the last decade of her life Amelia Earhart soared from obscurity to fame as the best-known female aviator in the world. She set record after record—among them, the first trans-Atlantic solo flight by a woman, a flight that launched Earhart on a double career as a fighter for womens rights and a tireless crusader for commercial air travel. Doris L. Richs exhaustively researched biography downplays the “What Happened to Amelia Earhart?” myth by disclosing who Amelia Earhart really was: a woman of three centuries, born in the nineteenth, pioneering in the twentieth, and advocating ideals and dreams relevant to the twenty-first.
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Amelia Earhart: Biography & Disappearance
Born: July 24, Atchison, Kansas Died: c. The American aviator Amelia Earhart remains the world's best-known woman pilot even long after her mysterious disappearance during a round-the-world flight in Until she was twelve she lived with her wealthy maternal grandparents, Alfred and Amelia Harres Otis, in Atcheson, Kansas, where she attended a private school. In Amelia and her younger sister, Muriel, went to live with their parents in Des Moines, Iowa, where the railroad had transferred her father. While in Des Moines, Earhart saw her first airplane while visiting a state fair. Because it had been only a few years since the Wright Brothers Wilbur, —; Orville, — made their first flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, young Earhart was not overly impressed with what she saw at the fair. Amelia Earhart.
Amelia Earhart endures in the American consciousness as one of the world's most celebrated aviators. Amelia remains a symbol of the power and perseverance of American women, and the adventurous spirit so essential to the American persona. Born in Atchison, Kansas on July 24, , the daughter of a railroad attorney, she spent her childhood in various towns, including Atchison and Kansas City, Kansas and Des Moines, Iowa. Two years later, after visiting her sister, Muriel, in Toronto, Canada, Amelia felt compelled to leave school. Shortly thereafter, Amelia's parents insisted she move to California where they were living. Learning to fly in California, she took up aviation as a hobby, taking odd jobs to pay for her flying lessons.
When year-old Amelia Mary Earhart saw her first plane at a state fair, she was not impressed. A pilot spotted Earhart and her friend, who were watching from an isolated clearing, and dove at them. Earhart, who felt a mixture of fear and pleasure, stood her ground. As the plane swooped by, something inside her awakened. She also kept a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about successful women in predominantly male-oriented fields, including film direction and production, law, advertising, management, and mechanical engineering. Earhart took her first flying lesson on January 3, and, in six months, managed to save enough money to buy her first plane. One afternoon in April , a phone call came for Earhart at work.
Born in Atchison, Kansas , Earhart developed a passion for adventure at a young age, steadily gaining flying experience from her twenties. In , Earhart became the first female passenger to cross the Atlantic by airplane accompanying pilot Wilmer Stultz , for which she achieved celebrity status. In , piloting a Lockheed Vega 5B , Earhart made a nonstop solo transatlantic flight , becoming the first woman to achieve such a feat. During an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in in a Purdue-funded Lockheed Model E Electra , Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island. Amelia was the second child of the marriage, after an infant was stillborn in August
Her disappearance during a flight around the world in became an enduring mystery, fueling much speculation. In addition to her piloting feats, Earhart was known for encouraging women to reject constrictive social norms and to pursue various opportunities, especially in the field of aviation. Amelia Earhart was famous during her life for her numerous aviation records, most notably being the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean When she became a celebrity for her aviation feats, she began delivering lectures and writing books about her flights. While still a child, Earhart displayed an adventurous and independent nature for which she would later become known. The Earharts moved often, and she completed high school in Chicago in