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Amelia Earhart

by Thea from Laguna Beach

Amelia Earhart is sitting in her airplane. (Google Images (Thea))
Amelia Earhart is sitting in her airplane. (Google Images (Thea))

Some people in the world are very successful in life when they are confident about what they are doing, just like Amelia Earhart. Amelia Earhart lived in a lot of places during her life, but she was born in Atchison, Kansas on July 24, 1897.When she was about eleven, she became interested in airplanes, and as she got older, she became a record-breaking female pilot. She was also a feminist and a committed social worker. Amelia Earhart had confidence and determination. Her mysterious disappearance left people wondering, but her lasting impression makes her a hero.

Amelia was a successful person in life was because she was confident that she could fly a plane well, and she was determined to do it. When Amelia was eleven, she saw her first flight show and was interested in planes ever since. When she was older, she asked her parents if she could take a flying lesson, and told them that if she would die if she couldn't fly an airplane. When her parents allowed her to take lessons, Snook, Amelia's flight instructor, taught her how to fly. Snook said that Amelia could take over the plane and she didn't really have to tell Amelia what to do, and that she was impressed. Once Amelia knew the mechanics of flying, she began to soar to the next level.

Amelia quickly broke records with her new plane, Canary. In October of 1922, Amelia entered an air show and invited her dad and sister. On that day, Amelia set an altitude record for women by climbing 14,000 feet in her Canary. Amelia sold her other plane and bought another plane, a Lockheed Vegas, to use in a race on August 18, 1929. Nineteen female pilots were in the race, and even though she stopped to help a friend who had crashed, but was unharmed, she received 3rd place. Amelia broke many records, and stepped up her flying again.

After Amelia Broke these records, she decided to do long distance flying, and some solo. Again Amelia traded her plane for another plane, the Autogiro. Once she got the hang of flying it, she decided to take it for a solo trip, being the first woman to do this, and set an altitude record of 18,915 feet. Amelia was also the second person to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, and the first woman to do so. Amelia then wanted to accomplish flying across the world along the equator, and in her new plane, the Electra. She left on March 17 from Oakland, California, and would fly to Honolulu, Hawaii.

Amelia did not make it to her destination in Hawaii, though. The last thing she radioed in that we could make out was in a panicked voice, " We are running north and south." After she said that, we didn't hear from her again. Amelia Earhart was gone, disappeared. Amelia Earhart's disappearance is one of our greatest mysteries.

 Amelia Earhart made a lot of great achievements in her lifetime. She broke records and was one the first women to fly a plane like she did. Amelia Earhart was indeed confident that she could fly a plane, she broke many records, and her disappearance is one of those mysteries when you really want to know what happened. Amelia has inspired me because she was someone who believed that she could achieve great things if she tried and worked for it. Amelia has taught people to follow their dreams. Do you have the confidence and determination to follow your dreams?

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Last edited 6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM

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