Amelia Earhart Facts

Amelia Earhart Facts
Amelia Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and author and the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for this record and set many other records as well as becoming a best-selling author. She disappeared flying over the central Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937 and was never found. For more information and facts about Amelia Earhart, see the list below.
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Amelia Mary Earhart

Date of Birth
July 24, 1897

Date of Death
July 1937 (?)

Place of Birth
Atchison, Kansas

Birth Family
Edwin and Amy Earhart

George Palmer Putnam


Graduated from Hyde Park High School in Chicago, IL.
Trained as a nurse’s aid
Served as a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse at a military hospital during World War I.
Enrolled as a pre-med student at Columbia University.
Moved to California to be with her parents. She and her father attended an “aerial meet” in Long Beach and that is where she became interested in flying. The next day, given a helmet and goggles, she boarded the open-cockpit biplane for a 10 minute flight over Los Angeles. She immediately began taking flying instructions from pioneer aviatrix Anita Snook.

Pilot and author

Reason for Fame
In 1928, she was the first women pilot to fly as a passenger across the Atlantic Ocean. In 1932, she became the first women to pilot a plane across that ocean and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross

Additional Information

  • On October 1922, she set a women’s altitude record of 14,000 feet which was later broken by Ruth Nichols.
  • On June 1, 1937, Amelia and her navigator Fred Noonan departed Miami, Florida, bound for California by traveling around the world.
  • On July 2, she took off from Lae, New Guinea. Her last radio contact reported she was on a course for Howland Island, It has been determined that the plane went down some 35 – 100 miles off the coast of Howland Island. An extensive search was conducted at a cost of over 4 million dollars.
  • On July 18, the search was abandoned by ships in the Howland area.