Life at a glance (1897-1937)
She earned her wings. An iconic American aviator, Amelia Earhart made history as one of the most celebrated pioneers of aviation during the early 20th century. Her fearless and trailblazing spirit led her to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932, a remarkable achievement that catapulted her to international fame. Throughout her career, Earhart broke numerous records and shattered gender barriers in aviation, inspiring countless individuals, particularly women, to pursue their dreams in the male-dominated field of flying.
Her mysterious disappearance while attempting a circumnavigation of the globe in 1937 has added an enduring mystique to her legacy, making her a symbol of both courage and enigma, as her fate remains a subject of speculation and fascination to this day.
Daring Deeds Adventure Game
To follow in Amelia's footsteps, pick up a Daring Deeds gameboard (Jan. 30–April 1) at any library location, or track your mission status in Beanstack. You can even create a paper "avatar" of Amelia to play the game!
These suggested reads from our collection will help you learn more about Amelia, other incredible pilots, and the science behind flight!