Amelia Earhart

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Amelia Earhart was famous for being the first woman to fly almost all the way around the world. No one knows what happened to her or her plane. Everyone that has tried to find evidence of where she might be has had no luck. Her fate has become a great mystery.

Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1898 in her grandparents' house overlooking the Missouri River. Her father was an alcoholic and could not hold a job. When Amelia was 13, she grabbed a bottle of whisky and poured it down the sink. When her father found out she did that, he almost slapped her. Earhart moved a lot when she was young all because of her father.

Amelia was an excellent student in school. She attended six different high schools and still graduated on time.

In 1918, Amelia Earhart was going to school to be a physician. At around that time, she started to become interested in airplanes.

She began spending her spare time at airports watching planes take off and land. She took a ten-minute ride in a plane and realized that flying was what interested her most.

Earhart paid $1000 to take flying lessons and back then, that was a lot of money. She took her lessons from Neta Snook, the first woman to graduate from the Curtiss School of Aviation. First, Ms. Snook told Amelia about the buttons, controls, and many parts on the plane. Finally in 1922, Amelia Earhart got her pilot's license.

I learned a lot of facts that I didn't know about Amelia's flights. On her first trip around the world, she flew from California to Honolulu, Hawaii. When she was taking off from Honolulu, her plane wouldn't take off fast enough, so it became uncontrollable and her landing gear collapsed.