Quote and Person of the day- Amelia Earhart
“Use your fear…it can take you to the place where you store your courage”
- Amelia Earhart
In 1904, with the help of her uncle, Amelia cobbled together a home-made ramp, fashioned after a roller coaster she had seen on a trip to St. Louis, and secured the ramp to the roof of the family toolshed. Earhart's well-documented first flight ended dramatically. She emerged from the broken wooden box that had served as a sled with a bruised lip, torn dress and a "sensation of exhilaration".
Earhart had continued to aspire to a future career, keeping a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about successful women in predominantly male-oriented fields, including film direction, law, advertising, and engineering.
Earhart and her father visited an airfield where she had her first flying experience. "By the time I had got two or three hundred feet off the ground," she said, "I knew I had to fly.” Working at a variety of jobs including photographer, truck driver, and stenographer at the local telephone company, she managed to save $1,000 for flying lessons.
She bought a leather jacket, but aware that other aviators would be judging her, she slept in it for three nights to give the jacket a "worn" look.
On the morning of May 20, 1932, 34 year old Earhart set off from Eastern Canada, across the Atlantic towards Europe. After a flight lasting almost 15 hours, during which she contended with strong northerly winds, icy conditions and mechanical problems, Earhart landed in a pasture in Northern Ireland. When a farm hand asked, "Have you flown far?" Earhart replied, "From America”.
In 1937, a 39 year old Earhart attempted her greatest feat; to circumnavigate the globe. Around 7:30am on July 2nd, Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island. There has been much speculation about the disappearance as no evidence of the aircraft was ever recovered. Its widely believed that the craft ran out of fuel and crashed into the ocean, ultimately sinking.
Hundreds of articles and scores of books have been written about Earhart life, which is often cited as a motivational tale, especially for girls. Earhart is generally regarded as a feminist icon.