Amelia Earhart.

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Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897. She didn't become interested in planes until about 1919. After she saw an aerial meet with her father, she took a 10 minute ride on a open-cockpit biplane over Los Angeles. Shortly after she began flying lessons with pioneer aviatrix Anita Snook at Kinner Field near Long Beach. She was definitely an atypical woman of her time. Not many women were interested in airplanes, and even if they were, not many went out and had flying lessons. Once she had been training for a while, she started winning every event she went to. She broke the women's altitude record by rising 14,000 feet just one year after learning how to fly. Seven years after that she became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, which took 20 hours and 40 minutes. Returning to New York after her flight, she began a series of lecture tours to publicize a new book she had written about her recent flight.

It was entitled "20 hours , 40 minutes." In the American society, men were the only people flying planes. Because of this, Amelia was appointed Assistant to the General Traffic Manager at Transcontinental Air Transport with a special responsibility of attracting women passengers and pilots. She also formed the "Ninety-Nines", a women pilots organization. Socially, she became famous. Everyone, everywhere knew her name and she was always in people's minds. Her name and picture was on the front page of newspapers very often because of her many accomplishments. She set the women's speed record for 100 kilometers with no load, and with a load of 500 kilograms. In September 1930 Amelia helped organize and became vice-president of public relations for the new airline New York, Philadelphia and Washington Airways. She was obviously a good...