Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897, in the Kansas United States. Even from a young child, Earhart showed that she had great interest in exploration and was a very adventurous child. Her father was addicted to alcohol so the family struggled financially. In early college, Amelia dropped out to take care of wounded soldiers from world war 1. In 1920 she went to New York which is where she flew on her first plane. This first plane ride promoted her to take flying lessons. Around this time where she was taking interest in flying promoters found that they wanted a female to fly across the Atlantic ocean. This is where her mission and history really begins.
Amelia Earhart was chosen to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, but only as a passenger. The knowledge at this time was that females couldn’t drive a plane because it would be too dangerous. After she successfully flew with her male pilot across the Atlantic Amelia got married and was determined to fly alone so she did. In 1937 Amelia Earhart had her heart set on flying cross the world. With Fred Nooman as her navigator, she set off on June 1st to be the first person to travel by air across the world starting with Mamai. On July 2nd she set off for Howland Island which was planning to be a difficult plane flight to track. Late in the journey Amelia let out a call to the Coast guard saying that they were running out of fuel. About an hour later she let out a call saying that she was “ going north and south”. Extensive searches were put out to find her but no one found any evidence of any crash but, all evidence leads that way. Some wonder what happened to her and over the years some theories have evolved.
2 theories surrounding this case sound the most probable. One is that the plane crashed in the ocean and they were less likely to die in the ocean. This theory sounds probably because the plane did not have a lot of fuel and her distress signal said that she was going down. Another theory is that earhart survived the crash and landed on an island. A piece of evidence that supports this theory is a photo of a white female on an island around the time of her disappearance. Neither of these theories have been proven correct yet. Ameila Earheart died a hero not only for being the first female to fly around the world but also a strong female influence. Today we celebrate her life and career on July 24th which is her birthday.
Story by Sierra Stock