Education Graduated from Hyde Park High School in Chicago, IL. Trained as a nurse’s aid Served as a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse at a military hospital during World War I. Enrolled as a pre-med student at Columbia University. Moved to California to be with her parents. She and her father attended an “aerial meet” in Long Beach and that is where she became interested in flying. The next day, given a helmet and goggles, she boarded the open-cockpit biplane for a 10 minute flight over Los Angeles. She immediately began taking flying instructions from pioneer aviatrix Anita Snook.
Career Pilot and author
Reason for Fame In 1928, she was the first women pilot to fly as a passenger across the Atlantic Ocean. In 1932, she became the first women to pilot a plane across that ocean and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross
Additional Information On October 1922, she set a women’s altitude record of 14,000 feet which was later broken by Ruth Nichols.
On June 1, 1937, Amelia and her navigator Fred Noonan departed Miami, Florida, bound for California by traveling around the world. On July 2, she took off from Lae, New Guinea. Her last radio contact reported she was on a course for Howland Island, It has been determined that the plane went down some 35 – 100 miles off the coast of Howland Island. An extensive search was conducted at a cost of over 4 million dollars. On July 18, the search was abandoned by ships in the Howland area.