Amelia Earhart's Flight Across the Atlantic
When she took off to fly solo across the Atlantic in 1927, Amelia Earhart was a social worker living in Boston. A transatlantic flight was sponsored by the publishing firm G. P. Putnam and Sons, and Amelia was the first woman to do so. The story of her flight has become a legend, and Amelia Earhart's remarkable story will live on forever. Here is a brief history of her amazing flight.
Early Life and Passion for Aviation
Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas. She lived with her parents and younger sister in Atchison during the school year and with her maternal grandparents in Kansas City in the summer. During her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, riding imaginary horses and climbing trees. She also hunts for rabbits, which she later ate. Her grandfather also had a black lab, which led to her interest in aviation.
Multiple Achievements in Aviation
In addition to flying solo, Amelia Earhart also worked as a nurse's aide in Canada during World War I. After her flights, she continued her education and became a social worker at the Denison House in Boston. In January 1921, she took her first flying lesson. The next year, she bought a second-hand Kinner Airster biplane and became the first woman to cross the Atlantic. She named her plane the Canary and went on to set many records in aviation and other fields that traditionally favored males.
Recognition and Search for Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart's first flight took her to the United States and they were welcomed by a ticker-tape parade and a reception at the White House. Their flight was met with international praise and the press dubbed Amelia Earhart Lady Lindy, which was a spin-off of the name Lucky Lind. This era of aviation has changed how we think of air travel. The Electra was loaded with enough fuel to keep her aloft for more than 20 hours. However, the pilot's first attempt to take off in Honolulu ended in failure.
The search for Amelia Earhart's plane began soon after her disappearance. Despite the huge expense of the search, it failed to produce any fruitful results. The United States government reluctantly called off the search for her, and instead built a lighthouse on Howland Island in 1938. Since her disappearance, several expeditions have attempted to identify the wreckage of the Electra on the ocean floor. However, high-tech sonar has failed to reveal any clues on the site of Electra's crash. Thankfully, however, her final destination is a much smaller island that was uninhabited during the time she was flying solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
New Discoveries and Hope for Answers
A new study suggests that a tiny piece of metal found off the island of Nikumaroro might be from the wreck of the airplane. This metal piece is the only one that can identify Earhart's plane. This piece of metal was recovered in 1991 by an anthropologist who has reexamined the original analysis. The researchers also analyzed the radio distress signals that Earhart sent. This finding has given them a new hope that the crash site may be the place where she and her navigator crashed.