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Amelia Earhart's Beginnings and Adventures

Updated: Jul 27, 2020

Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897. Amelia was born in Atchison, Kansas. Earhart’s father was a railroad lawyer, and her mom came from a wealthy family. Amelia Earhart moved often. She finished high school in Chicago soon after her mom got an inheritance from her family.

From the very beginning of her life, Amelia Earhart was adventurous. Even when she was a kid, she was climbing trees, sledding on breathtaking rides, and even hunting for rats.

At the Long Beach Air Show in 1920, Amelia's life changed forever. She became inspired to become a pilot. Then, from photographer to truck driver, Amelia would do anything to earn money for flying lessons. Amelia tried her best to learn how to fly. She read all she could about flying. And she crashed many times when she was practicing.

Amelia Earhart was the 16th woman to be issued a pilot’s license. She overcame all the challenges in her way to become a great pilot. Earhart flew 1,400 feet, the world altitude record for women.

One day, a man called Amelia and asked, “Do you want to fly the Atlantic?” “Yes,” she said. Amelia went to New York to be interviewed and during this first flight across the Atlantic, Amelia flew as a passenger.

On May 20, 1932, Amelia became the first woman to go across the Atlantic solo. Amelia got a gold medal from the National Geographic Society. Amelia then made a trip from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Oakland, California, becoming the first woman to fly across both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Earhart set 7 speed and distance records for female pilots.

Sadly, Amelia tried to circle around the world, but did not make it. We will always remember her as one brave woman and an inspiration to men and women.

By Ben Walz

Sources include and the picture credit goes to the Smithsonian Institute

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