Born: July 24, 1897, Atchison, Kansas
Died: missing July 2, 1937 (age 39) over central Pacific Ocean
near Howland Island, declared dead January 5, 1939
Mary Earhart ("AIR-hart") was a noted American
aviation pioneer, and author. Earhart was the first woman to receive the
Distinguished Flying Cross, awarded for becoming the first aviatrix to
fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
She set many other records, wrote
best-selling books about her flying experiences, and was instrumental in
the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots.
What do you know about Amelia Earhart? Take off with this Quick Quiz.
1. What was Amerlia's nickname?
2. When did Amelia graduated from Hyde Park High School?
3. She kept a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about successful women
in predominantly male-oriented fields, including film direction and
production, law, advertising, management and mechanical engineering.
4. Earhart was engaged in arduous nursing duties including night
shifts at the Spadina Military Hospital. She became a patient herself,
suffering from pneumonia and maxillary sinusitis.
5. "By the time I had got two or three hundred feet off the
ground," Amelia said, "I knew I had to fly." Who was the
pilot that introduced to flying?
- Bernie Mac
- Frank Hawks
- Mark Reynolds
6. On May 15, 1923, Earhart became the 16th woman to be issued a
pilot's license (#6017) by the Fédération Aéronautique
7. She became the first woman to fly the Atlantic. The project
coordinators (including book publisher and publicist George P. Putnam)
interviewed Amelia and asked her to accompany pilot Wilmer Stultz and
co-pilot/mechanic Louis Gordon on the flight, nominally as a passenger.
What was her additional duties?
- Serving beverages and meals
- Keeping flight log
- Handling radio communications
8. With her fame, what magazine did she become associate editor?
- Saturday Evening Post
9. How did Amelia marry on February 7, 1931?
- Wilmer Stultz
- Samuel Chapman
- George Putnam
10. What day did she become the first woman to fly solo non-stop
across the Atlantic?
- May 10, 1931
- May 20, 1932
- May 30, 1933
11. In July 1936, she took delivery of a Lockheed L-10E Electra
financed by Purdue and started planning a round-the-world flight. Not
the first to circle the globe, it would be the longest at 29,000 miles,
following a grueling equatorial route. Who was picked as the first
- Harry Manning
- Harry Morgan
- Keith Moon
12. Fred Noonan was subsequently chosen as a second navigator. The
original plans were for Noonan to navigate from Hawaii to Howland
Island, a particularly difficult portion of the flight; then the first
navigator would continue with Earhart to Australia and she would proceed
on her own for the remainder of the project.
13. On the first attempt where did the Lockheed Electra crash on take
- Honolulu, Hawaii
- Oakland, California
- Howland Island
14. Fred Noonan was Earhart's only crew member for the second flight.
They departed Miami on June 1 and after numerous stops in South America,
Africa, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, arrived at Lae, New
Guinea. When did they arrive at Lae?
- June 22, 1937
- June 29, 1937
- July 1, 1937
15. On July 2, 1937 (midnight GMT) Earhart and Noonan took off from
Lae in the heavily loaded Electra. Their intended destination was
Howland Island, a flat sliver of land 6,500 ft long and 1,600 ft wide,
10 feet high and 2,556 miles away. Their last known position report was
near the Nukumanu Islands, about 800 miles into the flight. A United
States Coast Guard cutter was on station at Howland, assigned to
communicate with Earhart's Lockheed Electra and guide them to the island
once they arrived in the vicinity. What was the name of the Coast Guard
16. Cause of death: Probable plane crash. Where is Amelia Earhart
- Body lost at sea