Explorers Heroes

Amelia Earhart

by Taylor from San Diego () ()

Have you ever wondered why people set their goals towards the sky. Amelia Earhart did this and many other amazing things. She set the way for modern aviation. She also broke and set many records and goals. Amelia Earhart did many incredible things; this is why she is a hero.

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Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas, where she lived with her sister and grandmother. Daughter of Edwin and Amy Otis Earhart. She lived in Atchison until 1918 when she went to visit her sister in Toronto, where she saw many injured soldiers, from World War 1, so she decided to volunteer to work as a nurse's aide at a local military hospital. During this time she visited a airfield frequently and there she decided that she was going to fly.

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She moved to San Francisco, California, where she got a temp job, and bought a plane. She lived in San Francisco for a few years but then sold her plane and moved to New York. Shortly after she was asked if she would fly in a plane going over the Atlantic Ocean.

Even though she didn't fly the plane she was still the first woman to fly over the Atlantic

Ocean. Upon her return she was an instant celebrity and role model to many women. After that flight she set and broke many air records. She also did many other crazy things like piloting a one person submarine and driving a race car around the white house. Eventually, she took up the challenge to fly around the world, something never before attempted. Her plan was to fly around (or near) the equator. Her first attempt failed, they went from San Francisco to Hawaii but encountered some complications in Hawaii when their plan broke down.  But that didn't stop her from trying again after a couple of weeks, but she never came back. No one knows why or how she disappeared but most historians theorize that she was trying to land on a small island to refuel but never made it there. Even though she never made it back from that flight people still thought of her as their hero and role model.

 Amelia Earhart was a role model of woman and even many ethnicities, some even today. She was the first woman to fly over the Atlantic. This inspired many women and races to become pilots. She also proved that anyone could fly if they have the dream to. She was also the first woman to fly over the Atlantic solo by herself. This showed that Amelia wanted to actually have the right to say that she was the first woman to fly over the Atlantic. This shows that she was a very talented and incredible woman.

She also broke many records gaining her fame. Amelia broke the speed record from how fast someone could travel from San Francisco to New Mexico. This is a record many had tried to take but without success, but Amelia broke it on her first try. Amelia set it with a couple of minutes to spare. Immediately after she broke this record she set out from New Mexico to New York and broke that one as well. This shows that Amelia wasn't someone who could sit still. This also showed that she was a very self-challenging person.

 Amelia also tried things that no one else had even thought of before flying over the ocean. Her plan was to fly at (or near) the Equator. This shows that she loved to challenge herself. She set a goal for pilots around the world to try. But she never made it back leaving people to wonder where did she go. Amelia's death is still a mystery even to this day. But even though she is gone she still inspires people even today.

Amelia Earhart did things no one would have thought possible. She broke many records, set many goals, and did things even a dare devil would call crazy. She died doing the thing she loved. Because of this she will live on in people's hearts. Amelia Earhart is my hero because she chased her dreams and goals.


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