The first girl to fly the ocean...

Amelia Mary Earhart (July 24, 1897 – disappeared July 2, 1937) was an American aviation pioneer and author.

Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

She received the U.S.Distinguished Flying Cross for this record.

She wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences and was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots. 

She was also a member of the National Woman's Party, and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment.

During an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937 in a Purdue-funded Lockheed Model 10 Electra, Earhart disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island.

Fascination with her life, career and disappearance continues to this day.

 

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