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Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas. During her childhood, she wasn't very fond of airplanes, but changed her mind after seeing an air stunt show.

On December 28, 1920, she was given her first plane ride by a pilot named Frank Hawks. She loved the ride and immediately wanted to fly more. She earned her pilot's license a year later at the age of twenty-four after taking lessons from Neta Snook. Her first airplane was a Kinner Airstar.

She became the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a plane when she was invited on a ride with Wilmer Stultz and Lou Gordon. In 1924, she sold her plane and worked as a social worker for the government over the next four years. Her next plane was an Avro Avian and she became the first woman in history to cross the continent in a solo flight in her plane.

In 1931, she married a man named G.P. Putnam, but retained her own name. They worked together to plan stunt flights and break new records. In 1932 she became the first woman to fly alone across the Atlantic Ocean, the feat that would make her most famous. Her flight was in a Lockheed Vega and on the same days that Charles Lindbergh did the same thing. That year, she was given the Distinguished Flying Cross by the US Congress.

In 1936, she was given a Lockheed 10E Electra plane by Purdue University and began planning a magnificent flight across the globe along the equator. This flight would be the longest in history, extending over 29,000 miles. On March 17, 1937, she took off from Oakland, California, but was forced to land in Hawaii and ship the plane back to California for repairs after the tire blew out.

Her next attempt started in Miami, Florida and went over 22,000 miles with several stops along the way. However, things took a turn for the worst when she took off from Lae, New Guinea and radio transmissions were cut off. Searches were conducted for weeks, but the plane was never seen again. Most people believe that the plane ran out of fuel over the Pacific and crash landed into the ocean.