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Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart, 1937Amelia Earhart, 1937 Amelia Earheart (1897–1937) was an American aviator who became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Much celebrated during her lifetime, Amelia Earheart is remembered today for her courage and sense of adventure, for her major achievements in aviation, and for championing the cause of women in what was considered to be a man’s world at that time. She was a founder member of the Ninety-Nines, an organization for women pilots set up in 1929, which continues to award Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarships to budding women pilots to this day.

Amelia (right) and Amelia (right) and "The Canary"

"The Canary"

Amelia Earhart was born in Kansas on 24th July 1897, and moved frequently with her family as a child. She worked as a military nurse in Canada during World War I, then as a social worker in Boston. She took up flying as a hobby in 1921, and bought her first plane, a two-seater biplane that was painted bright yellow. Amelia named the plane "The Canary".

Amelia Earhart experienced her first "flight" in 1904 at the age of 7. She fixed a rollercoaster-style ramp to the roof of the family toolshed, and took to the air in a box-like sled of her own design. She said afterwards: "It's just like flying!"

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