Love of Adventure
Amelia Earhart accomplished so much in her cut-too-short lifetime. Her love of adventure began when she was just a child, exploring the front yard with her sister. Her mother seemed to encourage this adventurous spirit because Amelia and her sister wore bloomers when playing outdoors. Their mother made them so that they could romp around and explore more. As a young woman she was especially intrigued with the accomplishments of other women in the professional sector and kept a memory book noting these.
Perhaps she used these news clippings as motivation for all of her personal accomplishments throughout her life. Her love affair with aviation really took flight in 1921 when she began flight lessons. Amelia loved the feeling of being in flight so much that she paid for her own flight lessons, while also saving up money to purchase her first plane the same year as well. She wasted no time in breaking her first aviation record in 1922 when she flew up to 14,000 feet. In 1928 she broke two additional records. One for flying across the Atlantic as a passenger. This had never been done before by a woman.
More Than Just Flying
In 1928 she also had her first book published. Her book, “20 Hours, 40 Minutes”, was published with the help of her friend and future husband, George P. Putnam. The fame she received from this flight in 1928 followed by the success of her book and subsequent speaking tour allowed Amelia to make a living out of her passion for aviation. Due to this she was able to focus on her career, something new for a female in this post World War I era. Her career blossomed, and she set the first of many records by flying her plane just over 181 miles per hour in July of 1930. Ironically in that same year the careers of other females also blossomed in aviation as women were hired as stewardesses. Amelia held the distinct honor of being the first President of The Ninety Nines, or 99s. This organization was formed to support female pilots. She called for the formation of this group to ensure support and comradely for the steadily growing number of women pilots.
This organization is still in existence today and boasts over 150 chapters worldwide. An accomplishment that Amelia would no doubt be proud of. This support system of other women pilots must have helped her to achieve another milestone for women in 1932 when she again flew across the Atlantic Ocean. This time though, by herself. She then proceeded to fly routes between 1932 and 1937 that seem commonplace to us today but were the first of their kind then. Some of these flights were coast to coast routes within the United States, flights between California and Mexico, Hawaii and California and so on. Unfortunately, the flight she’s most remembered for was her last. In an attempt to fly around the world Amelia, her copilot and her plane disappeared and were sadly never recovered.