On May 21, 1932, Amelia became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and on August 25, 1932, she became the first woman to fly solo across the North American continent and back, setting women’s nonstop transcontinental speed record, flying 2,448 miles in 19hrs 5min.
On July, 1936, Purdue University finances a new plane for Amelia, a Lockheed Electra 10E which she calls the “Flying Laboratory,” in which she attempted a circumnavigation of the globe.
During her first attempt in flying across the globe, the plane ground-loops during take-off and she had to call off the flight. But that doesn't end there. On June 1, 1937, she began her second attempt in flying across the globe with only her navigator Fred Noonan.
On July 2, 1937, when Amelia departed from New Guinea, her next stop for refuelling was Howland Island, a small island in the Pacific Ocean. However, she lost radio communication with the US Coast Guard. At 8:45 AM, she reported, “We are running north and south.” Then, nothing further was heard from her.
President Roosevelt issues a massive search, probably the most extensive air and sea search in naval history, for Amelia and Noonan, but their efforts are unsuccessful.
On January 5, 1939, Amelia Earhart is declared legally dead but her achievements remain. A lighthouse was constructed on Howland Island in her memory, and across the United States, streets, schools, and airports are named after Earhart. So let's all take a moment to commemorate this fearless explorer and her fierce determination in her passion.