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.