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Amelia Earhart Timeline

The dates and events in the life of the woman famous as an American aviation pioneer
Her early life, education, family and childhood
Learning to fly and her first plane
The first woman to fly non-stop across USA
Her mysterious disappearance

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Amelia Earhart was famous as the American aviation pioneer, women's rights advocate and author.

Amelia Earhart Timeline

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Short Biography of Amelia Earhart
Date of Birth: Born on 24 July 1897
Place of Birth : Atchison, Kansas, USA
Parents: Father - Samuel "Edwin" Stanton Earhart
             Mother: Amelia "Amy" Otis Earhart



This timeline starts on 24 July 1897 when Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas, USA to Samuel "Edwin" Stanton Earhart and Amelia "Amy" Otis Earhart. She was called by the family pet name "Meeley". Her sister was born two years later named Grace Muriel Earhart (1899 – 1998), nicknamed "Pidge". Amelia had an unconventional upbringing - a real tomboy.



Education: The Earhart sisters were educated at home by their mother and a governess until Amelia was 12 years old when she attended the Hyde Park High School in Chicago, Illinois



Graduates from Hyde Park High School



She visited her sister in Toronto where she receives training from the Red Cross and volunteers as a nurse during WW1at the Spadina Military Convalescent Hospital in Toronto, Canada



The Spanish flu pandemic reached Toronto and during her nursing duties Amelia contracted the flu which resulted in a serious condition called Chronic sinusitis and she suffered from headaches all of her life



Amelia Earhart returns to Northampton, Massachusetts for convalescence and enrols the pre-med program of Columbia University, New York



Leaves Columbia University and returns to New York. Experiences her first flight with Frank Hawks and became determined to take flying lessons and learn to fly



Completes her flying lessons with Neta Snook a pioneer female aviator who used a "Canuck" for training. Amelia Eahart then purchases her first aircraft - the Kinner Airster which she nicknamed "The Canary."



Amelia Earhart sets a world record for women's flying with an altitude record of 14,000 feet



15 May 1923: Earhart became the 16th woman to be issued a pilot's license by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI)



Amelia Earhart was hospitalized for another sinus operation and due to financial problems sells the Kinner Airster and buys an automobile travelling across North America and Canada



Works as a teacher, then as a social worker in Boston, Massachusetts



Amelia Earhart becomes a member of the American Aeronautical Society's Boston chapter and  acted as a sales representative for Kinner airplanes. She also wrote for local newspapers and her fame spread as a female flyers



By this time Amelia Earhart she had accumulated nearly 500 hours of solo flying. She contacts Ruth Nichols about forming an organization for female flyers



Publicist Capt. Hilton H. Railey approaches Amelia Earhart to accompany pilot Wilmer Stultz and co-pilot/mechanic Louis Gordon on a flight across the Atlantic. She is recognized as the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean as a passenger and the team are given a ticker-tape parade in New York followed by a reception at the White House with President Calvin Coolidge. Amelia then purchases the Avro Avian Airplane

She became engaged to Samuel Chapman but this was broken in November



Her fame and celebrity leads to profitable promotions. She buys a single engine Lockheed Vega aircraft and is placed third in the Women's Air Derby from Santa Monica to Cleveland



July: Amelia Earhart sets the women's world flying speed record of 181.18 mph (July)
October: Obtains her air transport license



Elected president of the Ninety-Nines (Women's Pilot Association) advancing the cause of women in aviation
February:  Marries George Putnam, who becomes her manager.
June: Flew coast to coast in an autogyro



21 May: Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, taking 15 hours 18 minutes, flying a Lockheed Vega 5B. In August she then became the first woman to fly non-stop across USA. She flew coast to coast, Los Angeles to Newark, in 19 hours 5 minutes in a Lockheed Vega 5B and broke the previous speed record. She is awarded the Army Air Corps Distinguished Flying Cross and the Gold Medal of the National Geographic Society, presented by President Hoover and also wins the Harmon Trophy as America's Outstanding Airwoman

Her book The Fun of It is published



Competes in the National Air Races in Los Angeles, California and breaks her own North American transcontinental record with a flying time of 17 hours, 7 minutes, 30 seconds



Wins the Harmon Trophy for the third time



January 12:  First woman to fly solo across the pacific taking 18 hours in a Lockheed Vega. She is named America's Outstanding Airwoman by Harmon Trophy committee



July: Purdue University provide the money for a Lockheed twin-engine airplane in which Amelia Earhart plans to make a round-the-world flight



March : Begins her round-the-world flight in Oakland, California setting a record for east-west
(Oakland to Hawaii) travel in 15 hours and 47 minutes but the plane is damaged and needs repairs

June: Starts a second round-the-world attempt from Miami, Florida. Fred Noonan was her only crew member for the second flight.

July 2, 1937: Leaves New Guinea and disappears near Howland Island. Their last known position report was near the Nukumanu Islands her last radio message was:

"We must be on you, but cannot see you, but gas is running low.
Have been unable to reach you by radio. We are flying at 1,000 feet."

July 19: The official search efforts ended

The circumstances of Amelia Earhart's disappearance remain unresolved

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