Unsovled Mysteries: Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart's legendary history; here is more information about her tale. Ideas about where she could have gone, opinions about her short flying career.

Amelia Earhart was fascinated with planes from young childhood. She was born on July 24,1897 at her grandparent's home in Atchinson, Kansas. Her mother was Amy

Earhart and she was a homemaker at the beginning of Amelia's life. Her father, Edwin Earhart, practiced law in his own practice in Kansas City. Amy Earhart had suffered a

miscarriage with a child before Amelia and felt a lot of it was due to stress, both financial and marital stress, so she moved back in with her parents before Amelia's birth.

Amelia also had one sister, Muriel. In 1904, Amelia's parents decided to make a move to Des Moines, IA. For the time being the girls with stay with their grandparents. In doing so they lived a very rich life, attending the best private schools and having the best of everything.

At the tender age of 10 years old Amelia saw her very first airplane. Her grandparents had taken her to the Iowa State Fair upon she and her sisters' return to their parents. Unfortunately the reunion did not last within the family. Her father began to drink heavily and his business was going down, therefore unable to support them, causing lots

of arguments. Amelia's mother moved Amelia and her sister to live with friends in Chicago. Her mother worked very hard to support them, but they were very poor.

After growing up some, Amelia had decided she wanted to train to be a nurse's aide. After going through the training to be a nurse's aide, she decided to get more medical training. She went to Columbia University and pursued a pre med degree. During 1920 her parents had reunited and were living in California. Amelia had decided to go pay them a visit. During this time she had gone with her father to an aerial show at Daugherty Field in Long Beach. She was able to sit in the cock pit and even go up in the air. From that very moment on Amelia fell in love with airplanes and knew she wanted to fly them.

She soon bought an airplane. She nicknamed it "The Canary". It was a yellow plane and fit the name quite well. On October 22, 1920 she made a record breaking flight going to a new high altitude. She had made it 74,000 feet. Soon, though, she began working as a social worker at Denison House in Boston. It was not quite the work she wanted to do, but she was poor and this was a well paying job at the time. On the fateful night of April 27,1926 however, Captain H.H. Railey called her. He had asked Amelia if she wanted to be the first person to fly over the Atlantic Ocean. Thrilled with the offer, Amelia said yes and started planning for her trip!

On May 21, 1937 Amelia left California for Florida. She had reached Calcutta on June 17. Things were going well as planned, with only minor set backs. During the trip Amelia got very ill and the trip was set back several days. She recovered fully though and left on June 27, arriving in New Guinea on June 29. On the way to Itasca, a radio call was received from Amelia, but that was the last time she was ever heard from. The date of her death is unknown, but she was never truly identified and never came back home.

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