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Amelia Earhart once said, "The stars seemed near enough to touch and never before have I seen so many. I always believed the lure of flying is the lure of beauty, but I was sure of it that night"(The Official Website of Amelia Earhart). Earhart is one of the most remembered pilots of all time. According to A&E Networks Television, Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas on July 24, 1897. She was the sixteenth woman with a pilot license and the first woman to fly across the Atlantic. Her career as a pilot began in 1921 when she purchased her own yellow biplane. A hero must be courageous, selfless and daring in order to make a difference. Amelia Earhart is a hero because throughout her days as a pilot, she proved she was selfless, daring and courageous.
Amelia Earhart has proved many times throughout her life that she was selfless. Shortly after Amelia bought her plane and began her life as one of the first female pilots, her parents went through a divorce due to her father's addiction to alcohol. Earhart sold her plane to go on a trip with her mother to keep her away from her father: "Amelia Earhart sold her plane. Following her parents' divorce, she and her mother set out on a trip across the country starting in California and ending up in Boston" (A&E Networks Television). Earhart helped her mother by selling her one dream, her plane. Her selfless act prevented her mother from having to stay with her father but Earhart didn't get her plane back. After her trip, Earhart tried to get back into school with the limited finances available, "In 1925 she again enrolled in Columbia University, but was forced to abandon her studies due to limited finances"(A&E Networks Television). The struggle with finances caused many problems for Amelia but she never stopped trying to be successful. She had once been at Columbia University but her education was put on hold for her family and their finances. She gave up many things she loved for her family. The dreams she had put on hold for her mother and the family finances proved she would rather help someone else than be the reason for the problem. Her selflessness helped many people in her life and is one of the reasons she is a hero.
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Daringness is one of Amelia Earhart's many traits that makes her different. She pushed the limits of safety in aviation, "Earhart refused to don typical flying gear-she wore a suit or dress instead of the "high-bred aviation togs," a close-fitting hat instead of a helmet, didn't put on her goggles until she taxied to the end of the field, and removed them immediately upon landing," (Worldwide,n.d). Earhart dared herself and pushed the limits on aviation during that time. Not only was she one of the only female pilots, she also broke many records and did it all while doing it her own way. Her determination to be herself showed through in all aspects of her time in aviation. "She was an intelligent and competent pilot who never panicked or lost her nerve, but she was not a brilliant aviator. Her skills kept pace with aviation during the first decade of the century but, as technology moved forward with sophisticated radio and navigation equipment, Earhart continued to fly by instinct" (A&E Networks Television) . Earhart went where her heart directed her to. She proved that her career as a pilot started off different than the average and that it always would be. Her story spread and became popular among the pilots. She didn't have to impress them anymore, but that's not what she set out to do. Amelia stayed true to herself while doing what she loved. She dared to be herself in a world that is always changing.
Amelia Earhart proved in all of her actions that she was courageous. Ever since Amelia was a child, her actions as courage. When Amelia was young her mother wanted her to be more ladylike but instead Amelia was a tomboy and followed her desire for thrill, "Amelia Earhart recounts an incident in which she and her sister built a ramp off the side of a shed so they could ride a cart off the roof" (Gale). Amelia had the courage to be different and enjoy what she had in life, rather than try to please others. She went where her heart wanted her too and that's what had made her different since the beginning. These courageous acts shined through all the way into adulthood. "Earhart decided to reverse the original course of her flight by flying from west to east to take advantage of changed weather patterns and air currents. She also replaced the original navigator with Fred Noonan" (Chase). Amelia's courage led her into danger even if it was risking her life. She set out to be different and see the world. After this flight her plane did disappear, but her dream led her to be known as one of the first women pilots to make a difference. Her courage had been part of her for her entire life and made her truly known as a hero.
Amelia Earhart was selfless, daring, and courageous and this made her a hero. She pushed the limits on the community being the first women to fly so many places. She was popular among the aviation community but still kept pushing boundaries. Amelia Earhart inspires me and others by pushing the limits and stepping away from the norm. She proved that just because she was a woman it doesn't mean she couldn't do the same things as the men could. She had a passion for what she did and continued to do what she loved without caring what others thought of her. Amelia inspired everyone around her and will always be remembered as one of the most amazing women pilots.
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