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The life of Amelia Earhart was filled with glory, and her disappearance has since been surrounded by mystery. She was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean as a passenger and soon thereafter became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean alone. She was also the first woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross from the U.S. Congress. Her accomplishments in the air as well as her appearance earned her the nickname "Lady Lindy."

Earhart first became entranced with flying while serving as a volunteer nurse in WWI. She listened intently to the stories from the pilots. She soon began taking flying lessons from Neta Snook, one of the few female pilots at the time. Soon after receiving her pilot's license, she was already breaking flying records. After flying across the Atlantic Ocean, she decided to attempt to fly around the world. She and her navigator, Frederick Noonan, disappeared on July 2, 1937 during the attempt.
There has been much speculation about what happened that day, but the mystery has yet to be solved definitively.


1897 She was born to Edwin Stanton and Amy Otis Earhart in Atchison, Kansas. (July 24)

1907 She saw her first airplane at the Iowa State Fair.

1916 She graduated from high school.

1917 She became a volunteer nurse during WWI.

1919 She enrolled at Columbia University as a pre-med student.

1920 She moved to California to live with her mother and father.

1921 She completed her first solo flight.

1922 She received her pilot's license.; She set the women's altitude record of 14,000 feet.

1924 She moved to the East Coast.

1926 She became a social worker in Boston teaching English to immigrant children.

1928 She rode as an observer on a transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to Wales. This made her the first woman to cross the Atlantic by air. (June); 20 HRS, 40 MIN was published.

1929 She helped found the Ninety-Nines, an organization for women pilots.

1930 She broke several women's speed records.

1931 She married George Palmer Putnam. (February 7)

1932 She became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.; THE FUN OF IT was published.

1935 She made a solo flight from Hawaii to California.

1937 She and navigator, Frederick Noonan, took off May 20 in an attempt to fly around the world. On July 2, the U.S. Navy received the last radio messages from Earhart and Noonan.

1988 The "Earhart Project" was launched by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery to solve the mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance.