A few months ago I went to see a movie called "Amelia”. This was a 2009 dramatized biographical film of the life of Amelia Earhart, starring Hilary Swank as Amelia Earhart along with a cast that includes Richard Gere (who played George P. Putnam her to be husband), Christopher Eccleston (who played Fred Noonan, her navigator) and Ewan McGregor (who played Gene Vidal, her lover). I quite enjoyed the film and it has just come out on DVD, so I have purchased the DVD. The film received quite a lot of negative reviews, but nevertheless I recommend it.
After viewing the film again I thought I’d do a post on Amelia. My post is a condensed version of her life. Naturally there is a wealth of information on the internet. I’m also going to include a trailer from the film, and also another video clip of a newsreel about her life (this film clip only goes 1.36 minutes).
Amelia Earhart the world's most famous female aviator disappeared in 1937, as she attempted to become the first woman to fly around the world. With her navigator, Fred Noonan, her Lockheed Electra, Amelia was last heard from about
Amelia Earhart was born on July 24,
She took her first ride in an airplane in 1920. After her flight with barnstormer Frank Hawks, she said "As soon as we left the ground, I knew I myself had to fly." Indeed, within a few days, she took her first flying lesson, in a Curtiss JN-4 Jenny. Six months later, she bought her own airplane, a yellow Kinner Airster, that she dubbed "The Canary." Amelia was not a naturally gifted pilot, but she persevered, built up her flying time, and even broke the woman's altitude record in 1922.
She became the first woman to fly across the
While the flight instantly made her world-famous, she was little more than a passenger in the Fokker tri-motor "Friendship." They took off from
After Amelia's flight across the
She achieved a number of aviation record. This is only a few of them:
The first woman to fly across the
The second person to fly solo across the
The first person to solo from
Guided by her publicist and husband, George Putnam, she made headlines in the era when aviation gripped the public's imagination.
In 1937 Amelia Earhart attempted an around-the-world flight. Flying a custom-built, Lockheed Model 10E Electra equipped with extra-large gas tanks, she would follow a 'close to the Equator' route, thus going one better than Wiley Post's northern, mid-latitude route. In her first effort, in March of 1937, she flew west, but a crash in
.....................Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan.
From Lae, they took off for
Ironically Amelia Earhart has become more famous for disappearing than for her many real aviation achievements. It sparked a whole cottage industry of conspiracy theorists and "researchers." There are two main themes to these ideas. One, her around-the-world flight was a cover for a spy mission, commissioned by President Roosevelt to determine what the Japanese were up to in the Pacific. Two, she and Fred Noonan weren't simply swallowed up by the vast
No evidence has ever been found to support either one of these ideas. But a lack of facts has not dissuaded these researchers.