amelia earhart

80 years ago from today, amelia earhart became the first woman to fly across the u.s.a.

in reference to the first plane she saw: "i did not understand it at the time, but i believe that little red airplane said something to me as it swished by."
did you know:

  • miss earhart recieved the distinguished flying cross for being the first woman to fly solo across the atlantic ocean. she was the first person to fly across the atlantic solo twice.
  • she spied her first flying exhibition during wwi, as a nurse's aide for the red cross. she also worked in a hospital in ontario, canada.
  • amelia worked odd jobs, including driving a truck and working at a phone company, to earn money for flying lessons. her instructor was aviator anita "neta" snook.
  • the first plane she bought for herself was a yellow biplane that she nicknamed "the canary." in 1922 she and the canary flew an altitude of 14,000 ft., setting a world record for women pilots.
  • in 1923 she became the 16th woman to be issued a pilot's license by the fai, federation aeronautique internationale.
  • along with breaking records, she formed a women's flying club called 'the ninety-nines' and wrote books.
  • earhart was the first woman to fly an autogyro and the first person to cross the u.s. in one.
  • the first person to fly solo across the pacific between honolulu and oakland, ca.
  • the first person to fly solo nonstop from mexico city to newark, new jersey.
  • the first woman to fly nonstop coast-to-coast across the u.s.

          at age 39, amelia disappeared over the pacific during an attempt to be the first person to fly around the world. truly an inspiring woman and an icon of success and triumph.


ps: to learn fun facts of what i think are iconic women, visit my women's history month label.


  1. I am new to your blog and find it so lovely! Amelia Earhart is such a fascinating woman. To think of all the other things she would have done if she hadn't disappeared. I have always found her mysterious death eery, but still can't help but think what might have happened.

    1. Thank you! I know what you mean. She definitely achieved so much in the small amount time she was found :)


  2. thank you!
    interesting :)

    xx, rebecca

  3. This is truly inspiring and interesting! Thanks for sharing!
    P.S I have just seen my photo under your friends section and I can't tell you how happy I am =)It's so great to make lovely new friends :) Thank you so very much!
    Have a nice weekend!
    Merrily Merrily,


  4. A couple of days ago I came across the question 'whose autobiography would I have liked to read' and I though of how I would have loved to read Amelia's. I would have loved to have known her point of view;)

    1. Yes! There aren't enough interviews, and she seemed to have such a positive perspective :)


  5. oh wow, this post is pretty interesting! keep doing this :)

  6. Amelia Earhart was, and still is, such an inspiration.

  7. she is SUCH an amazing woman and is still so prevalent - i think women that stand the test of time for being so strong and independent are amazing.

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails