“Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace.” These words came from Amelia Earhart, the world’s most famous aviator. Amelia stands as a symbol of perseverance to women worldwide. She is a perfect example that anyone can accomplish their dreams if they try to overcome the obstacles in their way. In this essay I will explain about Amelia’s childhood, the many flying records she set and about her mysterious disappearance.
Amelia Earhart had a good childhood. She was born in Atchison, Kansas on July 24, 1897 in the home of her grandparents. Amelia always had a spirit for adventure. She was referred to as a tomboy because she climbed trees, hunted rats with a rifle and “belly-slammed” her way downhill. When Amelia turned 10 she saw her first aircraft at the Iowa State Fair. The moment she saw it she wanted to go back to the merry-go-round because it was rickety and very old. When Amelia turned 12 she moved with her parents to many cities because of her father’s job. Soon Amelia’s father got fired from his job because of his addiction of alcohol. Amelia later learned that her father’s addiction overcomes his love for his family, which made her protective of her mother and sister. In later years Amelia persuaded her father to spend $10 to go up on a joyride at an air show with Frank Hawks. Amelia later wrote that “As soon as we left the ground, I knew I myself had to fly.” From their Amelia knew she had to fly.
There are many flying records that Amelia set. The one that she first got famous for was to be the first women to have flown across the Atlantic. Even though she was just a passenger in the flight she got more fame then the pilot and the mechanic because she was the first women to have flown across the Atlantic. Another record she set was to be the first women to solo the Atlantic Ocean. She started from Harbor Grace, Newfoundland and intended to fly to Paris, but due to mechanical problems ended up in a pasture in...
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