Amelia Earhart an American aviator, was the first woman to receive the U.S. distinguished Flying Cross for flying solo across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Among her many achievements, Earhart wrote books and was a faculty member at Purdue University in 1935. After her purchase of the airplane Lockheed Electra, her intent was to fly around the world. On July 2nd in 1937, Earhart vanished while trying to complete her global flight. Earhart was never found and in 1941 was declared dead. Although her life was cut short her aviation career changed history and is one of the most influential pioneers along with the Wright Brothers. January 11th is observed as Amelia Earhart day.
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