Amelia Earhart

Angela Husayno

Amelia Earhart

"Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. The soul that knows it not,
knows no release from little things. Knows not the vivid loneliness of fear nor mountain
heights where bitter joy can hear the sound of wings. How can life grant us boon of
living, compensate for dull gray ugliness and pregnant hate, unless we dare the souls
dominion? Each time we make a choice, we pay with courage to behold the restless day
and count it fair."

Those were the words of Amelia Earhart in a poem she wrote, entitled "Courage."

Amelia Earhart knew a lot about courage. Even when faced with impossible odds, she
always had the courage to try and overcome them. She had a never give up attitude
that made her so attractive to the public and took the science community by surprise.

Without that attitude, she would never have been invited to make her first flight across
the Atlantic ocean on June 3rd 1928. Because she had the courage to be one of the
only women pilots at the time, she was invited by her future husband, George Putnam,
to make the 20 hour 14 minute journey across the Atlantic. Although she was just a
passenger on the flight, she was still promoted to celebrity status for being the first
woman to cross the Atlantic by plane.

Although her fame was set with her first flight, she wanted to promote aviation in
women. In 1929, she organized a cross-country air race for women pilots named "the

Power Puff Derby." She also formed "the Ninety Nines" a now famous women pilots
organization. In addition to forming organizations for women pilots, she occupied her
four year break from flying with writing her first book, "20 hours, 40 minutes" on her
first flight, became assistant to the general traffic manager of TWA and served as vice
president for public relations of the New York, Washington, and Philadelphia Airways.

Amelia enjoyed public relations, but missed flying greatly during her four year sabatical.

In 1932, no one else had ever flown solo over the Atlantic since Charles Lindberg, and

Amelia set out to change that. On May 20th, 1932, exactly five years after Lindbergs
flight, she set off for her 2nd journey across the Atlantic. She sucessfully completed
her flight, breaking several records. She was the first woman to fly the Atlantic and the
only person to fly it twice. She flew the longest nonstop distance by a woman, and set
a record for crossing in the shortest time. After this amazing record setting flight, her
name became known in every household across the country as she won the Outstand

Woman of the Year award. She accepted the award on behalf of all women,
demonstrating to the world that women can accomplish almost anything.

For the next two years, she toured Europe and America giving speeches to various
groups and promoting aviation. In autumn of 1934, her ambitious nature and love for
flying caught up with her again, and she announced to her husband, George Putnam
that her next venture would be a trans-Pacific flight flight from Hawaii to California.

This was her most courageous flight yet, as ten pilots had already lost their lives trying
to fly the same course she was about to set forth upon. On January 4th, 1935, Amelia
took off from Hawaii and later that day landed in Oakland California to a cheering crowd
of thousands. For the next few months, she went back to promoting aviation through
lecture tours almost nonstop.

In later 1935, Amelia began to make plans for what was to be her longest flight yet:
around the world. On March 17th of the same year, she took off from Oakland to

Hawaii. After resting in Hawaii, she set off from Luke Field near Pearl Harbor, but lost
control of her plane at takeoff. Although Amelia wasn’t injured, there was massive
damage done to her plane. She had to send it back to California for extensive repairs.

After such a major setback, she didn’t give up, but rather waited almost two years
before embarking on her journey for the second time. On June 1st, 1937, she departed
this time from Miami Florida on a different route around the world.

Amelia made it all the way to Singapore this time before problems arose.