Who was Amelia Earhart?

Amelia Eahart was a woman pilot. She was born in 1897 in Atchison, Kansas. She started practicing attempts to break world records in 1922. She set a record of women's altitude, which was 14,000 ft. It was broken a few weeks later by Ruth Nichols. Then, on April 27, 1926, she got a phone call from Captain H.H. Railey. He asked her if she wanted to be the first woman to fly across the Atlantic. She was the both the first woman to fly across the Atlantic (1928) and later the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic (1932).

Amelia made many flights throughout her life. She somehow disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while on a flight around the world in 1937.

Over the years many unconfirmed sightings have been reported...and many theories abound. Among those theories:

  • Amelia was on a spy mission authorized by President Roosevelt and was captured
  • She purposely dove her plane into the Pacific
  • She was captured by the Japanese and forced to broadcast to American GI's as "Tokyo Rose" during World War II
  • She lived for years on an island in the South Pacific with a native fisherman
  • In 1961 it was thought that the bones of Amelia and Noonan had been found on Saipan but they turned out to be those of Saipan natives.

She was a noted American aviation pioneer, and author. Earhart was the first woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross. awarded for becoming the first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She set many other records, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences, and was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots. During an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937, Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan left New Guinea and disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island. Fascination with her life, career and disappearance continues to this day.