Amelia Mary Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 in Kansas, USA. She was the child of an unhappy family. Like we are used to from many geniuses’ storyies, Amelia had a troubled family, an alcoholic father. But Amelia’s lucky part was that her parents encouraged her to try something new and different.
Amelia was not an ordinary girl and her hobies were making this fact obvious to people. Amelia’s biggest hobbies in her childhood were to climb trees, collect newspaper cllippings. The news she collected were examples of the life stories of women who were succesful in male-dominated subjects at the time such as law, advertising, engineering etc.
Amelia had seen a plane for the first time at the age of 10 and was not impressed by what she saw.
“It was something made of rusty wires and wood, it didn’t look interesting at all…” she said about it. But after 10 years, in an acrobatic flight show that she was watching, her ideas about aviation was about to change.
December 28, 1920 was one of Amelia’s most exciting days and milestones in her life. A pilot named Frank Hawks gave Amelia her first 10-minute flight experience. Amelia; “I was at 60-70 meters above the ground and i knew for sure that this is what i want to do.”
Amelia Earhart’s real occupation was nursing. During World War I, she was a military nurse and also a volunteered English teacher for immigrant children. But her real dream and passion was to fly. To this end, she saved up all the money she earned in all the work she did and completed her pilot training with the help of her mother. In 1921, she made her first solo flight in a light yellow biplane named “The canary”.
In 1928 Amelia Earhart received a phone call. Captain Hilton H. Railey on the phone seriously asked the following question; “Do you want to be the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean? ”
Amelia replied yes, excitedly, without thinking. Moreover, three women who made the same experiment before that year lost their lives. In 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to cross the Atlantic.
Amelia was now famous. After this experience, she became the first female pilot to fly from California to Hawaii.
Her last flight was in June 1937. She were on a world tour with Fred Noonan. Respectively; they flew from Miami to South America, crossing the South Atlantic Ocean to Dakar, Africa, and then to Thailand and Australia.
On the Howland Island route, the American Coast Guard lost the communication with the plane. The last message came on July 2, 1937 at 8:45 in the morning. Amelia’s voice tone has been described as very worried. The American Navy couldn’t find any pilots or airplanes. In the absence of radio communication from Amelia, the American Navy in Howland immediately launched a large-scale search and the official search lasted until July. Amelia’s husband then financed the search to extend until October.
She disappeared on July 2, 1937 on his way to Howland Island, and was pronounced dead on 20 June 1938. This loss is still a mystery, although various theories have been produced, none of which have been confirmed.