Amelia Earhart, in full Amelia Mary Earhart, (born July 24, 1897, Atchison, Kansas, U.S.—disappeared July 2, 1937, near Howland Island, central Pacific Ocean), American aviator, one of the world’s most celebrated, who was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
|Born||Amelia Mary Earhart July 24, 1897 Atchison, Kansas, U.S.|
|Disappeared||July 2, 1937 (aged 39) Pacific Ocean, en route to Howland Island from Lae, New Guinea|
|Status||Declared dead in absentia January 5, 1939 (aged 41)|
Amelia Mary Earhart is born in Atchison, Kansas, to parents Amy Otis and Edwin Stanton Earhart. Her sister, Muriel, is born two years later. Amelia lives primarily with her maternal grandparents in Atchison during the school year and spends summers with her parents in Kansas City.
Amelia Earhart Learns to Fly. Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas, on July 24, 1897. In those days, airplanes were not nearly as common as they are today. Earhart was 12 years old before she ever saw an airplane, and she did not take her first flight until 1920.
“We must be on you, but cannot see you — but gas is running low. Have been unable to reach you by radio. We are flying at 1,000 feet,” she said. Earhart’s final inflight radio message occurred a hour later, at 08:43.
In its official report at the time, the Navy concluded that Earhart and Noonan had run out of fuel, crashed into the Pacific and drowned. A court order declared Earhart legally dead in January 1939, 18 months after she disappeared.
On May 20, 1937, Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan took off from Oakland, California on the first leg of their historic round-the-world flight. They disappeared 43 days later while trying to locate tiny Howland Island in the remote Pacific.
Amelia Earhart is my hero because she did what no other woman had dared to do. She became the first woman aviator in the world to try to fly around the world. She made it easier for other women to go out and do things only men had done. Amelia Earhart lived in Atchison, Kansas.
On July 2, 1937, the Lockheed aircraft carrying American aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Frederick Noonan is reported missing near Howland Island in the Pacific.
When 10-year-old Amelia Mary Earhart saw her first plane at a state fair, she was not impressed. “It was a thing of rusty wire and wood and looked not at all interesting,” she dismissively said.
In 2007, a team of scientists conducted an experiment and left a pig carcass at the site where Earhart was believed to have crashed. The crabs crawled out of their homes and tore the pig to shreds.
Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight. She decided that her next trip would be to fly around the world. In March 1937, she flew to Hawaii with fellow pilot Paul Mantz to begin this flight. In June, she went to Miami to again begin a flight around the world, this time with Fred Noonan as her navigator.