Amelia Earhart was an American aviation pioneer, she was also an author. She set a great amount of records, and she wrote many best-selling books. Her books were written about the adventures in her flying experiences. Most of all Amelia was known to be the first women to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. For this she received the "Distinguished Flying Cross".
Amelia disappeared at age 39 after she dared to do the round-the-world-flight but ended very quickly when she was nowhere to be found while crossing over the Pacific Ocean in 1937. After she had been gone a few hours rescue workers started searching the area for signs of the Amelia and Fred Noonan, her navigator. That's when the U.S. Navy/Coast Guard launched the biggest air and sea search in our history. Sadly her death was declared in absentia January 5, 1939.
Amelia was born on July 24, 1897 she was born in Atchison, Kansas, U.S. After she graduated from Chicago's Hyde Park High School in 1916. She went to visit her sister in Toronto, WW I had been going on and Amelia saw the returning wounded soldiers, she started to work with the Voluntary Aid Detachment at Spadina Military Hospital, after she received training as a nurse's aide from the Red Cross. Although Amelia had a troubled childhood, she continued to aspire to a future career, and she had a big heart, working with the hospital showed that. Shortly after her part in volunteering she went to college at Columbia University. Shortly after 1920 she started flying and fell in love with it, she was very determined to do what others couldn't do. That's how she became the famous aviator we all know her as.
"Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Model 10 Electra, at Oakland, CA on March 20, 1937. Scanned from Lockheed Aircraft since 1913, by René Francillon."