by Kerry Simmons
from Gassaway, West Virginia
Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas in
1898. She attended Columbia University. She also
attended Harvard Summer School.
In 1928, Amelia joined American
pilots William Stultz and Louis Gordon on a transatlantic flight. She was the first woman to
make this crossing by air. She described her flight in
the book, 20 hrs. 40 min. In 1931, she wrote another
book, titled The Fun of It.
In 1932, she became the first woman to fly the Atlantic alone. She established
a new record of crossing: 13 hours, 30 minutes. She received honors from
both the American and French governments.
In 1935, Amelia became the first
woman to fly the dangerous route across the Pacific from Hawaii to California. In the same year, she set a speed record by flying non-stop from
Mexico City to New York City. Her time was 14 hours, 9 minutes.
In June, 1937, she began a flight around the world eastward from Miami. She
was accompanied by Fredrick J. Noonan. On July 3, their plane mysteriously
disappeared. There have been theories about what happened, but no one knows for sure.
I admire Amelia Earhart because I feel that she set high standards for women
to follow. She wasn't afraid to go against what was expected of women. She
wasn't satisfied with being average. I admire her for striving to excel and for
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