There are so many women in history that are just dubbed as iconic. Powerful women over the years have shown that they are just as amazing as men in a lot of different fields. One of them is American aviator Amelia Earhart.
The world knows her as the very first woman to ever fly by herself all across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932, she was also the first woman to fly across it as a passenger back in 1928. Because of that great achievement, she was given the United States Distinguished Flying Cross. Earhart was indeed a pioneer and a legend, especially when she became the very first woman to ever get a license from the National Aeronautic Association in 1923.
Unfortunately, her amazing adventures ended at the age of 39, when she, along with her navigator, Fred Noonan, actually went out of radar and completely disappeared without a trace while flying over the Pacific Ocean. The two were attempted to do a circumnavigational flight all across the globe back in 1937. Who would’ve thought that this would be her final flight that turned out to also be the most mysterious one?
Surprising Facts About Amelia Earhart
The world may know her record-breaking achievements, but there are actually a lot more things that people don’t know about her. To commemorate a legendary woman like Earhart as well as in celebration of her supposed 121st birthday, here are some more surprising facts about the pilot.
very first woman to ever fly by herself all across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932
She Wasn’t A Big Fan Of A Plane
Most people know exactly what they want to be when they grow up, once they witness something that they want to do for the rest of their life as a career. However, Earhart didn’t actually fall in love with a plane the very first time she has seen one. In fact, the legendary pilot wasn’t really impressed by it. In a statement that she gave which was published to the Last Flight, she said that a plane seemed to be just a thing that has rusty wires and wood on it.
She only realized how much she wanted to be a pilot when she worked at the Spadina Military Hospital in Toronto as a nurse aid. She spent free time talking to pilots and watching aerial shows while working there. In fact, it wasn’t until the 1920s when she decided to get her own plane after only 6 months of training.
Earhart Wrote For Cosmopolitan Magazine
Just a couple of years of being in the aviation, she was already chosen to be an aviation edit for the Cosmopolitan magazine. She has managed to publish 16 articles, that are mostly about women flying. She put some words of encouragement on her articles as well as her personal experiences and adventures. She even influenced First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt herself, who wanted to apply for flying lessons for Earhart.
Amelia’s Cry For Help
Her disappearance continues to be a mystery, which is why experts are still trying to find a way to figure out what really happened to her last adventure. In a recent study by the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, the two-way radio that Earhart as well as her navigator, Fred Noonan, used was heard based on the research.
This is one of the many speculations, theories, and researches that has been done over the years. However, their remains are still lost and only time will tell when will they be found. It has been 81 years now since they have disappeared, and Earhart has become one of the most inspiring women of all time.
Another Amelia Earhart Is Flying
One of the most coincidental moments in history has got to be when another woman named Amelia Earhart, became a pilot and started breaking records on flying. A woman, who was obviously named after the legendary pilot, turns out to have loved planes and flying as well, that she has managed to become one herself.
It was in 2014 when a woman of the same name went on a 24,300-mile journey for 17 days starting in Oakland, California, she became the youngest woman to fly around the world on a single-engine plane. The 35-year-old Earhart 2.0 was indeed named after the legendary pilot and it was what inspired her to actually get interested with flying.