Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

Jake Wilkins, Reporter

Amelia Earhart was born on July 4, 1897, in Atchison, Kansas, she had acquired a passion for adventure at a young age, she started flying in her twenties. In 1928, Earhart became the first female passenger to cross the Atlantic by airplane, with Wilmer Stultz, she gained celebrity status for this act. Next in 1932, piloting a Lockheed Vega 5B, Earhart made a nonstop solo transatlantic flight, becoming the first woman to achieve such an accomplishment.

In an attempt at becoming the first female to complete a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937 in a Purdue-funded Lockheed Model 10-E Electra, Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island. The two were last seen in Lae, New Guinea, on July 2, 1937, on the last land stop before Howland Island and one of their final legs of the flight. One and a half years after she and Noonan disappeared, Earhart was officially declared dead. Investigations and significant public interest in their disappearance still continue over 80 years later.