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Amelia Earhart is one of the most famous names in aviation history and is best remembered for her solo missions. Born in Kansas in 1897, Earhart was a child who loved adventure and became obsessed with aviation after seeing her first aircraft at a state fair when she was 10...

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Amelia Earhart is one of the most famous names in aviation history and is best remembered for her solo missions. Born in Kansas in 1897, Earhart was a child who loved adventure and became obsessed with aviation after seeing her first aircraft at a state fair when she was 10 years old. As a young woman, Earhart had a number of different jobs, including a nurse's aide during World War One. After the war, she moved to California and took up aviation as a hobby, buying her first plane in 1922 with some financial help from her sister. She was the first female passenger on a transatlantic flight in 1928 and made her first solo transatlantic flight four years later. In 1935 she became the first person to fly from Hawaii to the American mainland and simultaneously became the first person to fly both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

In June 1937 Amelia and her navigator, Frederick Noonan, disappeared while mid-way through the first round-the-world flight. A huge land and sea search was conducted but failed to find any trace of Amelia and Frederick. Still unsolved, there is much speculation about what really happened andĀ a number of theories aboutĀ their disappearance have been advanced, from running out of fuel and crash-landing on a small island to being captured by the Japanese.

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