Amazing Historical Photos of Amelia Earhart

Amelia Mary Earhart (born July 24, 1897 – disappeared July 2, 1937, declared dead January 5, 1939) was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She set many other records, was one of the first aviators to promote commercial air travel, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences, and was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots.

Born and raised in Atchison, Kansas, and later in Des Moines, Iowa, Earhart developed a passion for adventure at a young age, steadily gaining flying experience from her twenties. In 1928, Earhart became the first female passenger to cross the Atlantic by airplane (accompanying pilot Wilmer Stultz), for which she achieved celebrity status. In 1932, piloting a Lockheed Vega 5B, Earhart made a nonstop solo transatlantic flight, becoming the first woman to achieve such a feat. She received the United States Distinguished Flying Cross for this accomplishment. In 1935, Earhart became a visiting faculty member at Purdue University as an advisor to aeronautical engineering and a career counselor to women students. She was also a member of the National Woman’s Party and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment. Known as one of the most inspirational American figures in aviation from the late 1920s throughout the 1930s, Earhart’s legacy is often compared to the early aeronautical career of pioneer aviator Charles Lindbergh, as well as to figures like First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt for their close friendship and lasting impact on the issue of women’s causes from that period.

During an attempt at becoming the first female to complete a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937 in a Purdue-funded Lockheed Model 10-E Electra, Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island. The two were last seen in Lae, New Guinea, on July 2, 1937, on the last land stop before Howland Island and one of their final legs of the flight. She presumably lost her life in the Pacific during the circumnavigation, just three weeks prior to her fortieth birthday. Nearly one year and six months after she and Noonan disappeared, Earhart was officially declared dead. Investigations and significant public interest in their disappearance still continue over 80 years later.

Decades after her presumed death, Earhart was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1968 and the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1973. She now has several commemorative memorials named in her honor around the United States, including an urban park, an airport, a residence hall, a museum, a research foundation, a bridge, a cargo ship, an earth-fill dam, four schools, a hotel, a playhouse, a library, multiple roads, and more. She also has a minor planet, planetary corona and newly-discovered lunar crater named after her. She is ranked ninth on Flying’s list of the 51 Heroes of Aviation. (Wikipedia)

American aviatrix Amelia Earhart arrives in Southampton, England, after her transatlantic flight on the “Friendship” from Burry Point, Wales, on June 26, 1928.
Amelia Earhart, 1932.
Earhart as a child
Amelia Earhart in evening clothes.
Earhart perched atop the dome of Low Memorial Library at Columbia in 1920. Earhart recalled in a 1933 interview, that “The first adventure I had at Columbia was in the air. I climbed to the top of the Library and then I descended into the intricate tunnels.”
Neta Snook and Amelia Earhart in front of Earhart’s Kinner Airster, c.1921.
Amelia Earhart — wearing a dress, standing beside a Merrill CIT-9 Safety Plane, circa 1928.
Photo of Amelia Earhart prior to her transatlantic crossing of June 17, 1928
Studio portrait of Amelia Earhart, c. 1932. Putnam specifically instructed Earhart to disguise a “gap-toothed” smile by keeping her mouth closed in formal photographs.
Photo of Amelia Earhart and her husband, George Putnam. 1931.
Amelia Earhart talking to Charles T.P. Ulm at Oakland Airport, California, USA, just prior to attempted trans-Pacific flight in Stella Australis, 1934
Earhart and Noonan by the Lockheed L10 Electra at Darwin, Australia on June 28, 1937
Earhart’s pilot license #6017 photo
Amelia Earhart the first woman to pilot a plane solo across the Atlantic, is shown with her husband, George Putnam, aboard the city boat Riverside as they return to New York City on June 20, 1932.
Amelia Earhart, June 30, 1932.
Amelia Earhart is shown climbing out of the cockpit after piloting her plane from Los Angeles to Oakland, Calif., on March 10, 1937.
Amelia Earhart with her Lockheed Vega surrounded by a crowd after she became the first woman to fly solo from Hawaii to California in 1935.
Amelia Earhart climbs out of her plane at Oakland Airport after completing her 18-hour, 2,400-mile flight from Honolulu on Jan. 14, 1935.
Amelia Earhart, with her husband, George Putnam, after completing her nonstop flight from Mexico City, a 2,100-mile journey, in 14 hours and 20 minutes, May 8, 1935, Newark, N.J.
Amelia Earhart and her husband George Putnam, talk over plans for Earhart’s second attempt to fly around the world. May 29, 1937.
George Putnam, right, bids his wife, Amelia Earhart, “Happy Landings” as she started her 28,000-mile aerial jaunt around the globe, June 1, 1937, in Miami, Fla.
Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, pose in front of their twin-engine Lockheed Electra in Los Angeles at the end of May 1937, prior to their historic flight to circle the globe.
Amelia Earhart
Preparation of the Lockheed Electra plane, used for the around-the-world flight by Amelia Earhart, is shown in 1937 in Oakland, Calif.
Amelia Earhart waves from the Electra before taking off from Los Angeles on March 10, 1937. Earhart is flying to Oakland, Calif., where she and her crew will begin their around-the-world flight on March 18.
Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, are seen shortly after their landing in the Dutch East Indies, on June 21, 1937. It was one of the last happy landings on their attempted around-the-world flight before they disappeared on July 2, somewhere over the Pacific Ocean.
Amelia Earhart inspects the twin-engine Lockheed Electra monoplane being built for her use in long-distance flights at the plant, on May 26, 1936, in Burbank, Calif.
The only known picture of Earhart’s Lockheed Electra taking off from Lae, New Guinea on July 1, 1937, for the 2,550-mile flight to Howland Island.
Amelia Earhart and her husband, George Putnam, on March 6, 1937, in Oakland, Calif.
Amelia Earhart, navigator Frederick Noonan, behind her, and Capt. Harry Manning emerge from the Electra after it crashed on takeoff from Luke Field, near Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on March 20, 1937.
Amelia Earhart is shown in this undated photo.
Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, 10 days before their disappearance in the Pacific

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