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Amelia Earhart’s independence

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There has been some talk recently about the possible discovery of the remains of Amelia Earhart’s plane. The prospects have excited historians all over the globe, for it was in July 1937, that the gallant and skillful pilot vanished over Howland Island in the Pacific.

Earhart is perhaps the best known aviatrix in the history of flight, but if the public thought that she was the epitome of determination in the air, they ought to have seen her on the ground. She had ice-water running through her veins.

Amelia had only been flying for two years when she set an altitude record for women by soaring to 14,000 feet, and she did it in a little open-cockpit plane powered by a threecylinder air-cooled engine. Later she became the first women passenger to cross the Atlantic by plane, and in 1923 she made history by being the first woman to actually fly solo across the Atlantic. Then in 1931, she shocked the world by getting married. Would this be the end to America’s dare devil darling? Would some man tame her? Not a chance. The same iron will that she exhibited in public also reigned in her private life.

Amelia’s intended was George Palmer Putnam, and while they were waiting in his mother’s home for the justice of the peace to arrive, the bride handed the groom a letter. In it, Amelia let George know just what she expected out of their marriage...


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