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Amelia Earhart

by Alexa and Jennifer from Ada

Amelia Earhart is my hero
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Here is Amelia in front of her plane

Amelia Earhart is an inspiration to everyone of all ages. She was the first woman to get a pilot’s license from the FAI. She was born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas. Amy and Edwin Earhart were her parents. Two and a half years after Amelia's birth, her sister Muriel was born.

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Here is Amelia as a young child

Amelia’s childhood was not completely happy. Her father became a drunkard, which caused their family financial hardships. They moved so many times that Amelia attended six different high schools (she still finished on time). When Amelia was ten years old, she saw her first plane. She didn’t develop an interest in flying until later in life. In 1921 she took her first flying lesson and later that same year bought her first plane. Amelia had many accomplishments, some of which were breaking the women’s altitude record when she flew at 14000 feet, setting a new speed record when she flew at 181.18 mph; being the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, and the first person to fly solo across the Pacific.

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Here Amelia is excited and ready to take off

Amelia proved her courage when she flew solo across the Atlantic Ocean on May 20, 1932. She stood up for what she thought was right, fought women stereotypes and promoted flying. She was not a bragger and was disgusted that the ones who actually flew the plane on her first trip across the Atlantic, Wilmer Stultz and Louis Gordan, did not get credit for it. Amelia Earhart was a great hero. She was an individual who didn’t wear the usual flying gear (a suit or a dress and no goggles). She was a friend. Eleanor Roosevelt gave her her flying permit, and Amelia was planning on teaching Eleanor to fly. Unfortunately, Amelia disappeared before she could teach her. Amelia demonstrated courage when she said, "Adventure is worthwhile in itself" and "decide… whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved. If it is, stop worrying." Amelia proved she was confident and eager when she said, "The most effective way to do it, is to do it." She was determined. She flew on many record breaking trips and succeeded in becoming one of the best known pilots know world wide.

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It's Amelia Earhart (

It was sad when the world realized that Amelia Earhart had died. She was on a world round trip with one other person, her navigator Fredrick Noonan. Her plane, the Electra, went down on the last leg of the trip, which was 7000 miles across the Pacific Ocean. It is thought to have sunk 35 to 100 miles off the coast of Howland Island. President Roosevelt spent four million dollars in search of a living Amelia. The search had nine ships and 66 aircraft. There are some "interesting" theories of what happened to Amelia Earhart. Some of these theories are that she was on a spy mission for President Roosevelt; that she lived as a fisherman in the South Pacific for years; and that she purposely dove the plane into the ocean. Nobody will ever forget Amelia Earhart and her courageous life.

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I think that Amelia Earhart is a hero because she demonstrated heroic traits such as courage, friendliness, confidence, individuality and standing up for what she believed in. She made a huge impact on the world by promoting flying, and speaking out against women stereotypes. She was brave and courageous because she fearlessly flew across the oceans. She was determined and strong. Even though she was not a natural flyer, she stuck to it and succeeded at becoming an excellent one. Amelia was an inspirational hero and always will be.

Page created on 3/29/2006 12:00:00 AM

Last edited 3/29/2006 12:00:00 AM

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Related Links

Amelia Earhart 1897-1937 - This site has tons of info. and lots of details on the last flight
The NinetyNines Amelia Earhart-A Timeline - This site has a timeline of Amelia's life

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