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Amelia Mary Earhart was born July 24th, 1897 in Kansas. She was baptised October 10, 1897 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Fifth & Utah St, Atchison, Atchison County, Kansas, USA. Her family later moved to Iowa, then on to Chicago.
Amelia studied at Ogontz School (a girl's finishing school), Rydal, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania in 1916 and later Pre-Med at Columbia University, New York City, New York in 1919.
After that first rousing flight, she wanted to learn how to fly herself. Amelia worked odd jobs to pay for $1,000 lessons. Six months later she purchased her own small plane, "the Canary". By May 1923, she was only the 16th woman to be issued a pilot's license.
In 1926, Amelia was working as a social worker at Denison House, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA. While working one day in April 1928, Captain Hilton H. Railey, called Amelia to ask her, "Would you like to fly the Atlantic?"  She flew with two other male pilots. She left Harbour Grace, Newfoundland on June 17, 1928 and landed in the United Kingdom 20 hours and 40 minutes later. She became a celebrity. She was offered product endorsement deals (clothes, luggage) and wrote articles. By 1927, she had 500 hours of solo flight with no incidents. She set many new flying records in races and distances.
By 1930, Amelia was living in New York. On February 7, 1931, she married George P. Putnam. Their relationship was a partnership, focused on equality. Amelia was always liberal in her thinking, and believed in equal rights for women.
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She became an aviation pioneer for women. The Boston Globe newspaper called Amelia one of the best female pilots.
Amelia made many solo flights, and taught other women to fly. She wrote books about flying, and she was one of the founders of the "The Ninety-Nines'", an aviation organization for women.
Amelia Earhart wanted to be the first woman to fly around the world. Using a customized Lockheed Electra June 1, 1937, she left Miami, Florida, United States with Fred Noonan. They flew to South America, Africa, South Asia, and the Island of New Guinea. Next was the crossing of the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937 heading for Howland Island, but they wouldn't make it to that stop. The pair radioed that they were running out of gas and couldn't hear the transmissions from ITASCA, after hitting difficult weather. That would be the last anyone would hear from Earhart.
A massive search for the plane, Earhart, and Noonan was launched. Searches continued until July 19th with no traces of plane or people located, and the pair were officially declared "lost at sea". Amelia was declared dead January 5, 1939.
There are many theories of what happened to Amelia Earhart, including a recent one that insists she may have been a prisoner of war just before the outbreak of World War II in Japan, but after all this time nothing has been proven.
Amelia has remained a hero to women for decades. There are numerous monuments to her across the United States. Her hometown of Atchison, Kansas contains several, as well as scholarships and awards named for her. There is also a lighthouse that was built in her honor on Howland Island, which was the next stop on her world journey.
On 14 Nov 2008 Alice Luckhardt wrote:
Amelia gave flying lessons to his oldest daughter, Alice L. Walters. Alice later became a well known flyer in Dade Co., FL, working also for the EAC - Southern Division from 1939 - 1941.
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On 18 Mar 2018 at 18:38 GMT Evelyn (Murray) McKelvey wrote:
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On 8 Mar 2018 at 22:44 GMT Dorothy Barry wrote:
UT researcher: Bones found on remote island likely those of Amelia Earhart
On 16 Sep 2017 at 21:02 GMT Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy wrote:
Meltzer, Brad, Heroes for my Daughter, pgs 16-17 Harper Collins Publishing
On 14 Sep 2017 at 18:06 GMT Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy wrote:
"Please know I am quite aware of the hazards... I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail their failure must be but a challenge to others."
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Meltzer, Brad, Heroes for my son, pgs 14-15, Harper Collins Publishing
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