Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart: the first woman to fly across the United States

Today we will tell you about Amelia Earhart.

Born in Kansas, Amelia decides to become a nurse and, in 1914, Amelia started to serve in a Canadian hospital where she remained throughout the First World War.

In 1920 Amelia, accompanied by her father , went to Daugherty Airfield in California. A dollar with which she bought the possibility to fly on a biplane, was enough for her to fall in love with flying. This was the first step that made Amelia decide to undertake the long journey that will bring her, in April of 1928, to be the first woman to cross the Atlantic.

Amelia takes off, with the pilot Stultz and the co- pilot and mechanic Gordon, on board of a Fokker F.XII on the 17th of June , 1928, and twenty-one hours after lands in Wales. But this is only the beginning.

On April 8, 1931, flying on a Pitcairn PCA- 2 , she sets the world record for altitude, reaching 5613 meters; at the beginning of 1932 in fourteen hours and fifty-six minutes she is able to fly from Newfoundland to Londonderry in Northern Ireland.

On the 24th of August 1932 Amelia Earhart is the first woman to fly across the United States non-stop, starting with Los Angeles and arriving in Newark (New Jersey).

Unluckily Amelia Earhart disappeared in 1937 in the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island, during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe in flight on her Lockheed Model 10 Electra.