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Amelia Earhart: Introduction (01:27)


Earhart sought adventure and excitement from an early age. She was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic and the Pacific, and broke several speed records. In 1937, Earhart disappeared.

Earhart's Early Years (03:28)

Earhart was born in Kansas in 1897. She did not behave like a typical girl. She enlisted as a nurse's aide at a military hospital in Toronto; this is where she had her first encounters with aviation.

Interest in Aviation (02:51)

Earhart's parents reconciled in 1919 and she went to visit them in California. She rode in a Curtiss Jenny and decided to become a pilot; she took flying lessons with Neta Snook. Earhart received her pilot's license and purchased a plane.

Fighting against Convention (02:31)

In 1922, Earhart set the unofficial women's altitude record. In 1924, she was hospitalized and sold her plane to pay her debts. Earhart returned to flying as a sales representative, joined the National Aeronautics Association, and caught the attention of publicist George Putnam.

Transatlantic Flight (02:41)

Putnam obtained the use of Amy Guest's Fokker F7. Earhart accompanied Wilmer Stultz and Louis Gordon on the flight. Putnam created Earhart's public image; some people thought he might be exploiting her.

Earhart's Accomplishments (02:14)

Putnam's stunts allowed Earhart to pursue aviation full time. She was the first woman to fly coast to coast, flew in several air races, set a speed record, was president of the 99s, and became an inspiration for women. Earhart married Putnam in 1931.

Continued Aviation Career (01:56)

Many people speculated about the nature of Earhart and Putnam's marriage. Earhart set records in an autogyro, wrote a second book, set a coast to coast record, won awards, and made several significant solo flights. Earhart grew tired of flying publicity missions.

Around the World flight (02:43)

Earhart grew tired of publicity flights and wanted to pursue other interest. She and Putnam devised a final flight in a Lockheed Electra. In March 1937, she began her flight but had an accident at her second stop.

Earhart's Disappearance (02:53)

In June 1937, Earhart began a west to east flight around the world. On July 2nd, Earhart and Fred Noonan took off for Howland Island and disappeared. Search and rescue efforts found no trace of them.

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Amelia Earhart’s remarkable aviation career was tragically cut short when Earhart and her navigator went missing over the Nukumanu Islands. Before her disappearance, Earhart’s name became a household one, in 1932, when she was the first woman to make a solo-return transcontinental flight. Earhart flew her Lockheed Vega from Harbor Grace, Newfoundland to Londonderry, Ireland, on the fifth anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s famous flight. In the remaining years of her life, she went onto break numerous speed and distance records.

Length: 24 minutes

Item#: BVL129045

ISBN: 978-1-64023-493-2

Copyright date: ©2003

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