A short 10 minute plane ride at a Long Beach air show in 1920 inspired a young girl so much that her whole life changed post it. This girl, Amelia Earhart soon became an aviation icon and went on to achieve world-wide fame in 1928 as the first woman to cross the Atlantic in a plane as a passenger and in 1932, she did the same flight solo which turned her into a legend. Here are 10 facts about this mysterious Amelia Earhart.
#1. Not just a pilot
You may know her for being a legendary pilot. But she was so much more, she was also a social worker, an English teacher and a telephone operator.
#2. Shirley Temple was a fan
She was the hero of Shirley Temple. So much so that Temple even cut her signature ringlets to look more like Earhart’s hair.
#3. She wasn’t impressed the first time she saw a plane
The first time she was a plane in 1908, she called it “a thing of rusty wire and wood” and she was certainly not moved by at it at all. However, she soon found her passion for flying while she worked as a nurse’s aide at Toronto Spadina Military Hospital.
#4. Was taught how to fly by another female aviator
She was taught to fly by Neta Snook who was the first woman to run her own aviation business and commercial airfield. Earhart received flying lessons from her at Kinner Field near Long Beach in California during 1921. she charged $1 in Liberty Bonds for every minute they spent in air.