When she took off on her epic flight around the world on June 1, 1937, Amelia Earhart had already earned her place in twentieth-century history. She was the first woman (and second person) to fly solo over the Atlantic Ocean. She set more than a dozen records in the hazardous early days of aviation: She was the first pilot to fly nonstop across the continental United States and the first to fly from Honolulu to California. Despite those accomplishments, she remained modest, self-effacing, and charming, counting mechanics, rival pilots, and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt among her close friends. But our enduring fascination with her stems largely from the mystery of her final flight, when she and her navigator Fred Noonan vanished into the vastness of the Pacific Ocean more than seventy-five years ago. Her disappearance has come to overshadow her life, but she was more – much more. Here is her unforgettable story.
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Published May 31, 2013
by New Word City, Inc..
Biographies & Memoirs, History.