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Amelia Earhart

by Mary and Abbie from Iowa City

"Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done." - Amelia Earhart
Portrait of Amelia Earhart. <br>(<br>-Examiner~y2009m8d18-Celebrate-National-<br>Aviation-Day-with-the-Wright-brothers-<br>Charles-Lindbergh-and-Amelia-Earhart)
Portrait of Amelia Earhart.

Amelia Earhart was an amazing person that changed the world. She wanted woman to have equal rights, so she used her hobbies and interests to show the world that woman could do what men did. She flew planes and did all sorts of things that men did.

Amelia used lots of core virtues in her lifetime. She was always giving and compassionate about what she was doing and took care of the children at the Dennyson house. Amelia Earhart gained respect but she also gave respect. Even though she was famous, she didn't become snotty and stuck-up. Amelia used a lot of core virtues, but the one she used the most was perseverance. She flew the plane even when people said she couldn't. She flew across the Atlantic even when she was running out of fuel and made it. She even risked her life performing stunts and breaking records, just to prove that woman can do what men can do. She lived a full life and proved her point. That’s what I call perseverance.

Amelia volunteered at a hospital as a nurse in 1918 to help the people that got injured during the war. She got a sinus infection from the influenza but she still wanted to help. She also flew the transatlantic flight because she wanted to show that women could do what men do. She contributed to the world because she opened a new window of opportunities for women. Amelia gave everybody hope that we could do anything if we tried. This was shared in 1964 after her disappearance. Amelia wanted to help others and she succeeded.

Amelia moved a lot when she was a kid. Her father Edwin became an alcoholic and lost most of his jobs. Amelia's grandmother never liked Edwin much. So when her grandmother died, the inheritance was not given to their family. Her grandmother's will said that the money was to be given to them in either 20 years after her death or when Edwin died, whichever came first.

Amelia grew up and went to lots of different high schools. She kept her grade point average in the eighties. She later went to Ogontz College in Philadelphia and studied Latin, and Shakespeare. She also went to concerts and played Field Hockey.

She got her first flight lesson from Neta Snook. Amelia started taking lessons and she and Snook became friends. Amelia caught the attention of George Putman. Putman asked her if she would like to go on a solo transatlantic flight. Amelia agreed and became famous after the flight. Amelia started breaking and setting records.

Amelia thought that the flight across the Atlantic wasn't really a solo, so she decided to do one by herself with her navigator, Fred Noonan. During the flight, she was low on fuel and the radio was not working. Amelia and Noonan disappeared without a trace. Amelia's plane was never found. Some people found driftwood on an Alaskan shore with messages from Amelia to her husband but they were later found to be fake.

Amelia Earhart was a famous person before the disappearance. Amelia made headlines in the paper while people searched for her missing plane. After the disappearance Amelia’s mother, Amy, cried along with Amelia’s sister Muriel. Amelia’s family was sure and correct that they had lost their daughter/sister forever. Putnam was also devastated. After the disappearance, people started making videos’ of “The Big Flight”. There was also music composed about her, and books written.

Amelia's Red Lockheed Vega (
Amelia's Red Lockheed Vega (

There aren't many artifacts that belonged to Amelia. There are some artifacts at the Museum of Flight though. There’s a Flight suit, slacks, jacket and helmet she wore on 1932 solo transatlantic flight, a Nurse's uniform from when she helped during World War I. There are also some other personal artifacts, and the only remaining piece of her Lockheed Electra 10E is also featured at the museum.

Page created on 12/15/2009 12:00:00 AM

Last edited 12/15/2009 12:00:00 AM

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