Amelia Earhart : A Pilot From A Young Age

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April 9, 2015

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart was one of the most famous pilots in the world. She broke many aviation

records . She was a fearless, daring, and determined pilot . Amelia followed her dreams and

showed people that anything was possible.

Amelia wanted to be a pilot from a young age. One day in December in 1920, Amelia

and her father, Edwin, went to a winter airshow at a local airfield in Los Angeles, California. It

was on that very day that Amelia decided that she wanted to fly. A few days after the show,

Amelia 's father took her to another airfield for her first ride in a plane (Stone 31).

In Tanya Lee Stone 's book Amelia Earhart, Earhart
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"No pay, no fly, and no work no pay." she 'd like to say (Sutcliffe 14).

On January 3, 1921, Snook gave Amelia her first flying lesson. Snook thought Amelia

was a natural in the cockpit. The two women immediately liked each other. Snook was an

experienced pilot and just a year older than Amelia. She was impressed with Amelia 's

determination to fly. Snook had everything that Amelia was looking for in a teacher. Amelia

wrote to her sister, Muriel, telling her that Snook could "do everything around a plane that a

man can do. I am lucky that she 'll teach me...she is a top-notch flier." (Stone 31)

Amelia wanted her own plane and was determined to buy one. Eventually she bought one

and was very excited about her new purchase . The plane was yellow and she called it, "The

Canary" (Stone 40). She wanted to do what no other female pilot dared to do. She was

determined to be the best pilot and to prove to everyone that she was the best.

On October 22, 1922, Amelia broke a world altitude record for female pilots. She flew to

a height of 14,000 feet. Six months later, on May 15, 1923, Amelia became the sixteenth woman

to be issued a pilot 's license by the world 's governing body for flying, The Federation

Aeronautique (Amelia Earhart).

Amelia 's family had some financial problems and eventually, Amelia had to sell her

plane to help her family with bills. Her parents got a divorce and following her
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