What Happened to Amelia Earhart?
Pioneering Female Pilot Disappears Into the Vast Pacific Ocean
by Zaria Hambrick, age 14
Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean alone.
As a child, Earhart’s sister, Muriel, called her fearless, though many people would say she was reckless. Earhart was a risk taker. She once steered her speeding sled between the legs of a galloping horse. Earhart also built a roller coaster in her backyard when she lived in Atchinson, Kansas.
Earhart was 23 when she took her first flight at a local airfield and this experience made her determined to be a pilot. No matter what she had to go through, she was going to fly. In 1920, she and her dad purchased flying instructions for $500. Neta Snook, a young female pilot, agreed to take Earhart under her wing.
Later, Earhart purchased her first plane for only $2,000 and named it “The Canary." She set her first record by flying at an altitude of 14,000 feet, higher than any woman had ever flown before.
In 1928, she became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, and four years later she made the trip again. But this time she set another record by being the first woman to fly a solo trip across the Atlantic. She almost died on that flight when her plane went into a spin and nearly hit water.
In 1937, Earhart told the New York Herald Tribune that she had "just one more good flight left in [her] system". She was going to fly around the world. On June 1, 1937, Earhart took off on her trip with her navigator, Fred Noonan. Earhart disappeared into the clouds after traveling three quarters of the way around the world. She and Noonan were heading for Howland Island in the Pacific Ocean. Her last words were captured on radio, before she disappeared.
Earhart and Noonan were aiming to land on Howland Island, a speck of land that was barely two miles long. Their plane, along with their bodies, have never been found. Even though she died, Earhart died a legend and will never be forgotten.
[Source: Life: The Greatest Adventures of All Time]