Amelia Earhart was born on July 24th, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas. Most of the time of her growing up was spent at her grandmother’s house. As Amelia’s mother (whose name was Amelia Otis, note the maiden name) married a man (Edwin Earhart) who had alcohol issues. This led a boatload of almost-divorces, and separation of the family. But during the time Amelia was able to do very well in school.
After Amelia had graduated she visited her sister in Toronto. This was during a time when many World War 1 veterans were coming home (which also meant a lot of lost limbs.) Amelia got to know the veterans well, many of which are pilots. She decided to volunteer as a nurse’s assistant for the Red Cross. Amelia even went to the extent of enrolling in medical studies at Colombia University, but she dropped out after a year to live with here family.
In 1920 Amelia went to an airshow that kick started her love for airplanes. So shortly afterwards she started seeking flying lessons (not cheap). But after a year of saving and lessons she bought her first airplane, a Kinner Airster biplane that she called the “Canary”. So on May 15th of 1923 Amelia Earhert became the 16th woman to be issued a pilot license.
However not all is uphill, Amelia’s family was running out of money. Most of what money they had was their grandparent’s inheritance, which as you can imagine they blew away in a matter of years. So Amelia’s parents got divorced once again and Amelia and her mother went to Boston for some odd reason, who knows why, but they did. Amelia tried going to Colombia University again but she simply ran out of money and had to drop out a second time.
In 1927 Amelia decided she loves flying again, although she had no money to actually go flying, she joined the American Aeronautical Society and wrote all sorts of articles and propaganda to promote flying in the local newspaper. This attracted the attention of some very ambitious people.
A year later, Amelia was asked to join an inter-Atlantic flight by Captain Hilton H. Railey. Amelia agreed to it about a millisecond after it was asked. So in June, tag-along Amelia, pilot Wilmer Stultz, and co-pilot Louis Gordon set off from Newfoundland to the United Kingdom in a plane named “Friendship”. The trip took them a soon to be massive flying-propaganda motto, 20 hours, 40 minutes.
When Amelia and the pilots return to New Yorks (by an inefficient boat named President Roosevelt, note the boat name, its important) they were greeted by a giant red ribbon. Amelia was given all the fame and rose to the stars and was interviewed by all sorts of journalists. This made Amelia want to fly more, not just a passenger. So Amelia does just that. She embarks on a simple, not so oceany, trip across the United States, in a plane, which of course succeeds but did not gain much publicity.
Amelia met a person named George Putman in 1929, George was married, then he got a divorce to marry Amelia, after several proposals Amelia accepts but...