Amelia Earhart : Lost Hero

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Lost Hero.

"Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace with yourself." ("General facts") These are the words of Amelia Earhart, one of the world's most celebrated aviators, a person who has inspired generations of women to do things that had never been done by women before. This was especially important because there were few career choices available to women at that time.

Earhart's last flight, a flight no one had accomplished before, began in Lae, New Guinea, July 2, 1937. As Randall Brick described: " Amelia Earhart departed from Howland Island at 10 o'clock beginning a 2,556-mile flight across the Pacific along a route never traveled before by an airplane." (Brink 27)

From the very beginning, the public perception and the hidden truth about Amelia Earhart's last flight were entirely different. The theories of the disappearance of the plane on July 2, 1937 were controversial.

Some conceived that the world's most experienced long distance pilot and record setter Amelia and a superb navigator Fred Noonan got lost, ran out of gas, and ditched somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. Some say that she ran away from her unhappy marriage with George Oalmer Putnam II, successful and rich publisher, who invited her to make a transatlantic flight; other say that she is still alive and living today in New Jersey. But it seems most believable to me that Earhart had been on a spy mission for the United States during the imminent war between the United States and Japan. She was supposed to photograph Japanese military installations. But unfortunately Amelia and her navigator were captured by Japanese and later executed.

Who is Amelia Earhart, "First Lady of the Air"? (Brink 15) Who is one of the most famous women in the world? As I am looking...