Amelia Earhart, American Aviation Pioneer and a great Author has been featured on Google’s homepage today 24th July 2012 on her 115th Birthday Anniversary
Earhart was the first woman to receive the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross, awarded for becoming the first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She set many other records, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences and was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots. – Wikipedia
The doodle on Amelia Earhart’s 115th birth anniversary shows her climbing up her Lockheed Vega 5B monoplane, Earhart’s yellow scarf fluttering in the wind.
Google Logo take the place of the original registration number of the Lockheed Vega 5b – NR-7952 – painted below the wings of the glider.
Facts about Amelia Earthart
• Amelia Earhart Mary was born on 24 July 1897 in Atchison, Kansas born.
• You worked as a military nurse and social worker before she studied medicine for a short time. However, she broke off her studies and became a pilot .
• Your first aircraft and its pilot’s license she financed with 28 different part-time jobs because their parents do not want to finance their passion.
• Earhart lived with her husband, George P. Putnam in an open marriage because she was afraid that the marriage could restrict their flying.
• Another record: On 11 January 1935 she became the first man flew over the Pacific Ocean between Honolulu and Oakland.
• With nearly 40 years, she planned to circle the earth at the equator.This was her last flight , just before the Howland Islands lost contact with her from.
• After their last radio message led the U.S. government to date, the largest search operation of aircraft , type: 64 aircraft and eight naval vessels were involved. The cause of the crash is still unknown. Wrong card, incorrect position of the aircraft and heavy cloud computing more difficult to find Howland Island, where Earhart wanted to insert a last stop.
• Neither the corpse of Earhart, her navigator nor the nor the wreckage could be found to this day.
• Researchers are still to Amelia. There is a theory which states that an emergency landing, the pilot and her navigator on the island and there were Nikumaroro survived for unknown time.
• Amelia Earhart was an idol of young American women . They fought for the equality of women.
Here are 7 interesting things you didn’t know about Amelia Earhart
7. Born in Atchison, Kansas on July 24, 1897, Amelia Grace Earhart grew up answering to the nickname, ‘Meeley,’ which she kept throughout her life. Another trait that would last for the next 39 years was her rambunctious tomboy personality – something that her maternal grandmother highly disapproved of! Instead of being brought up as “nice little girls,” Amelia and her younger sister, Grace Muriel, were allowed to run around the neighborhood in practical bloomers instead of pretty dresses, while climbing trees and hunting rats with rifles.
6. Meeley got her first taste of flying at an early age after her father Edwin took her to the Iowa State Fair and treated his two daughters to their first flight, but sadly the trip didn’t go quite as planned, with the outspoken 10 year-old declaring her disgust at the rickety old plane and demanding to go back on the merry-go round.
5. Rocky road: Despite a troubled childhood that included Edwin succumbing to alcoholism and the girls bouncing around different schools, Amelia maintained her boundless ambition as she grew up and kept a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about successful women in predominantly male-oriented fields. In an effort to emulate her heroines, she enrolled at a girls’ finishing school but dropped out to become a nurse’s aide in a military hospital in Canada during the First World War.
4. Up, up in the air! Amelia seriously got the flying bug when she went to a stunt flying exhibition at age 20, and was blown away by the aerial acrobatics. After later going for a joy flight with pilot Frank Hawks, she declared, “By the time I had got two or three hundred feet off the ground, I knew I had to fly.” Earhart took her first flying lesson in January 1921 and was instantly addicted – six months later she had saved up enough money to buy her first set of wings, a second-hand Kinner Airster two-seater biplane, which she nicknamed Canary because of it’s bright yellow color. She soared to new heights in the mechanical bird, setting her first women’s record in it by rising to an altitude of 14,000 feet.
3. Call to duty: The phone call that changed her life came in April 1928 when she was asked if she would like to become the first woman to fly over the Atlantic. The fearless female quickly said “Yes!” and was soon soaring out of Newfoundland with joint pilotWilmer ”Bill“ Stultz and co-pilot/mechanic Louis E. ”Slim“ Gordon, landing in Wales 21 hours later in a flight that made headlines around the globe because three women had died earlier that year trying to achieve the same feat.
2. Love is in the air! In between her blossoming career as a pilot, Amelia kept her feet on solid ground long enough to fall in love with George Putnam and the couple was married February 7, 1931. Luckily her new husband supported her ambitions, and a year later the newlywed became the first woman and second person to fly solo across the Atlantic. Despite landing in a field in Northern Island instead of Paris, she achieved her goal and was honored with the Distinguished Flying Cross from Congress.
1. Expanding her ambitions: After tackling the Atlantic, the world was the next obvious step, and Earhart began planning her grueling 29,000 mile equatorial flight in 1936 while Lockheed built her a special “flying laboratory.” She was joined on her first attempt by crewmember Fred Noonan and the pair took off on St Patrick’s Day, 1937 from Oakland, California but were unfortunately grounded with a blown tire in Honolulu. Not undeterred, the dynamic duo decided to switch directions and circumnavigate the globe, and set out on their ill-fated trip on June 1. Their last known location was heading towards Howland Island in the South Pacific, where they vanished without a trace after reporting conditions of “cloudy, weather cloudy” and “fuel is running low.”
What followed was the most expansive search effort in aviation history to date, but on July 19, after spending $4 million and scouring 250,000 square miles of ocean, the United States government reluctantly called off the operation. A year later, a lighthouse was erected on Howland Island in her memory.
The DNetWorks Team