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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Ladies That Inspire: Amelia Earhart

Dear friends,

Have you ever heard of Amelia Earhart? Oh, you must have! She was the very first female to fly over the Atlantic Ocean. When did it happen, you may ask... Well guess what? It was this very day of 18th of June, the lovely year of 1928 when she settled with the odds and became the first lady to board the plane that would carry her into history.
I flew the Atlantic because I wanted to. If that be what they call ‘a woman’s reason,’ make the most of it. It isn’t, I think, a reason to be apologized for by man or woman... Whether you are flying the Atlantic or selling sausages or building a skyscraper or driving a truck, your greatest power comes from the fact that you want tremendously to do that very thing, and do it well. (A.E.)
Amelia was named Amelia Mary Earhart after her two grandmothers, Amelia Harres Otis and Mary Wells Earhart - a family tradition. She was the first female, and one of only a few to date, to receive the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross. Despite having to attend six different high schools, she was able to graduate on time. Earhart was called "Lady Lindy" because her slim build and facial features resembled that of Charles Lindbergh. She developed a friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt, who wanted to learn how to fly. Earhart had planned to teach her, for which the First Lady even got her student permit.
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Earhart met Orville Wright at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in 1937, the same year she disappeared. The United States government spent $4 million looking for Earhart, which made it the most costly and intensive air and sea search in history at that time.
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Besides being an amazing woman, being able to fly over the Atlantic Ocean and such..., she also was an extremely stylish designer featured in magazines like Vogue and Cosmopolitan ;) She was internationally known for her achievements in flight but less in her manner of creating pieces of clothing. She had her own clothing line, created entirely by her, and it was a great hit all over America. Her clothes bare the attitude that she had, of "the sky is the limit". She was chic and very much feminine, even when in flight mode. Earhart refused to don typical flying gear - she wore a suit or dress instead of the "high-bread aviation togs," a close-fitting hat instead of a helmet, didn't put on her goggles until she taxied to the end of the field, and removed them immediately upon landing. 
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Now we all know that was quite a reckless behaviour, considering the way she ended up - nobody knows until this very moment where her plane crashed or if she had crashed. She was proclaimed dead on the July 2, 1937, en route from Lae, New Guinea to Howland Island. Some sayshe got lost in the Bermuda Triangle... who knows?! During an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937 in a Purdue-funded Lockheed Model 10 Electra, Earhart disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island. 
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In an age where female pilots could be counted with the fingers of one's hands, I believe Amelia was a true model. She was not afraid to create new things and explore new grounds. She was a daredevil and even though she may have payed with her life for that I believe that she died with a smile upon her lips, being happy with the things she has accomplished in life. She opened up new roads for all women out there, showing that we are equal to men and that we can do things that they thought only they were able to do. Everyone has a cross to bare or an ocean to fly and she choose the best way to develop herself. She was reckless but she was a wild spirit and she wanted to see the world. I understand her love of flight as I love it as well... and she got front seats ;) Now what do you think of that? Is she not a role model? :) I believe that she is! So let us celebrate her today :) 

Yours truly,
A Flight-Loving LadyBug