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amelia earhart Aeroplane Extraordinaire

During her Christmas in 1917 Amelia Earhart went to visit her sister in Toronto, Canada. One day, at an aviation display, a pilot flew his plane near her. Later she said, “I believe that little red airplane said something to me as it swished by.”

Her next experience was in December 1920, when she took a short plane ride in Califronia. That ten-minute flight changed her life. “By the time I had got two or three hundred feet off the ground, I knew I had to fly,” she said.

Just six months after she began flying lessons she purchased her first plane, which was a bright yellow plane that she named The Canary. In October 1922 she achieved the world altitude record for women pilots by flying at a height of 14,000 feet.

But two years later, she had to sell the plane and thought she would have to give up on her dream. However, by 1932 she was back in the pilot seat attempting something that had never been done before - flying from Canada to France across the Atlantic.

Bad weather meant Amelia only made it as far as Ireland, but the 15 hour flight across the ocean won her many awards and made her a hero all over the world.

Her next goal was to fly all the way around the world. On 1 June 1937, she departed from Miami and began the 29,000 mile journey heading east. After 29 days of flying, Amelia and her navigator touched down in Lae, New Guinea. All that was left was the final 7,000 miles over the Pacific.

Earhart took off from Lae but encountered problems withbad weather. Some witnesses reported that the radio antenna may have been damaged, while other experts suggested that their maps may have been inaccurate.

Amelia and her navigator never reached their final destination and on 5 January 1939 Amelia Earhart was declared legally dead.

Although Earhart’s final journey did not end in success, she is an inspiration to girls and young women.

She once famously said,

“I am quite aware of the hazards. I want to do it, because I want to do it. Women must try to do the same things that men have tried. If they fail, their failure must be a challenge for others”.