Meet: Ameila Earhart
Who I Am
In June 1937, I embarked upon the first around-the-world flight at the equator. On July 2, after completing nearly two-thirds of my flight,over 22,000 miles, I vanished along with my navigator Frederick Noonan. We took off from Lae, New Guinea, bound for tiny Howland Island in the vast Pacific Ocean. The distance from Lae to Howland is equal to a transcontinental flight across the USA, a great naval, air and land search failed to locate us or the aircraft, and it was assumed we were lost at sea.
My Career Path
In the fall of 1919 I started to study medicine at Columbia University but I left my studies to move with my parents to California. Several months after my arrival in California, my father and I went to an "aerial meet" at Daugherty Field in Long Beach. I had become very interested in flying. The next day, given a helmet and goggles, I boarded an open-cockpit biplane for a 10 minute flight over Los Angeles. "As soon as we left the ground I knew I myself had to fly!"
In July I purchased a prototype of the Kinner airplane. I named it "The Canary". By October 1922, I began participating in record breaking attempts and set a women's altitude record of 14,000 feet. It was broken a few weeks later by Ruth Nichols. I later sold my Kinner airplane and purchased a car, a Kissel, that I nicknamed "the yellow peril". I drove my mother, Amy, cross-country to Boston. Wherever we stopped people would gather...asking about the roads and other questions. Cross-continental travel by automobile was still very much a novelty!
I was employed as a social worker in Denison House, in Boston, Massachusetts. I was selected to be the first female passenger on a transatlantic flight, in 1928, by my future husband, the publisher, George Palmer Putnam. Upon the flight's completion, I wrote the book 20 Hours - 40 minutes. I also wrote two other books The Fun of It, and Last Flight.
The Early Years
With thanks to Ellen's Place.