Amelia Earheart Research Paper

Topics: Amelia Earhart, Howland Island, Fred Noonan Pages: 6 (1812 words) Published: November 18, 2014
Amelia Earhart is a very known person in the world of woman’s reconization and aviators, but how much do we really know about her? Well, to start with she was born on July 24th, in 1897 in Atchison Kansas. Her father, whose name was Edwin Earhart, was a very wealthy man from being a retired U.S district court judge. But he did have an alcoholic problem and during those times Amelia’s mother would send her and her sister, Muriel, to live with their grandparents for most of the year, except for the summer when Amelia would go and visit her parents. At her grandparents’ house, they had a blast living an “unproper life for young girls” seeking adventures, exploring the neighborhood, climbing trees, hunting for rats, and enjoying breathtaking rides on Amelia's sled. Due to her parents marital and alcohol problems her and her family moved around very often and Amelia attended many schools, but always excelled in science, sports and chemistry. Throughout the years, her father's inability to be the provider for the family led Amelia to become independent and not rely on someone else to "take care" of her. Finally around the year of 1913, Amelia’s mother Amy leaves Edwin and they move to Chicago to live with some friends. During the month of June in 1916, Amelia graduates from Hyde Park High School in Chicago. During her high school years she does not make too many friends. Her year book caption reads, “A.E. — the girl in brown who walks alone.” Too bad they didn’t know how famous she was going to become! In 1908 Amelia sees an airplane for the first time, but is far from impressed. “It was a thing of rusty wire and wood and looked not at all interesting.” She said, describing her experience. It was not until a decade later, at a stunt-flying exhibition, that Amelia's passion for flight is awakened. 1911 was a very rough year for Amelia because her grandmother passed away, who she was very close to, and the situation with her father is not looking much better. Feeling confident for the future, Amelia attends the Ogontz school, an exclusive finishing school just outside of Philadelphia. Just as she did in high school, she did very well in her class and became the vice president. Amelia attends the Ogontz School, an exclusive finishing school outside of Philadelphia. She again excels in her studies and becomes Vice President of her class. During a trip to Toronto, Canada to visit her sister, Amelia’s heart is touched by all the wounded soldiers as a result to World War I. She realizes the need to help these poor men, and becomes a nurse. During that time, she begins to admire the nearby royal flying corps practicing at an airfield close by, and goes to see them often. While in Toronto Amelia goes with a friend to see a flying exposition. While she was there, a stunt pilot dives at Amelia and her friend- “I am sure he said to himself “watch me make them scamper” Amelia later recalls, but she stood her ground. After the incident, she says that she believes it was a personal awakening. “I did not understand it at the time, but I believe that little red airplane said something to me as it swished by” This is where I believe Amelia’s love for flying was born. In 1919 and 1920, Amelia enters the pre-med program at Columbia university, but a year later she quits to join her parents, who have reunited, in Los Angeles. Amelia attends an air show on Long Beach with her father. She finally gets to take her first ride in an airplane with pilot Frank Hawk. “By the time I had got two or three hundred feet off the ground, I knew I had to fly,” she later recalled. Now Earheart’s flying career really takes off as she attends a flying lesson with Neta Snook and buys her own airplane six months later, after working many odd jobs to get it such as a truck driver, photographer, and stenographer. 24 year old Amelia’s first plane was a yellow kinner airster, that she names canary. December 15th 1921 is a special day for Amelia, who passes her...
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