To honour the International Women's Day on the 8th of March 2021 – a date observed since 1911 – we put together a small portrait of an inspiring woman traveller of the early 20th century – Amelia Earhart.
It only took a single plane ride at an air show in California and Earhart was hooked: ‘By the time I had got 200 or 300 feet off the ground, I knew I had to fly,’ said the American aviation trailblazer, born in 1897. Working as a truck driver, photographer and stenographer to save for flying lessons, she secured her license and bought a yellow bi-plane she named The Canary, going on to break records, from highest altitude climbs to fastest flights. The tomboy teamed up with publicist George Putnam, who she married on his seventh proposal, telling him that marriage is a partnership ‘with dual control’. Some say he turned an average pilot into a legend, but there’s no denying Earhart alone spearheaded her successful attempt to be the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic in 1932. Her dream of circumnavigating the globe ‘as near its waistline as could be’ led to her last flight. In July 1937, she vanished over the Pacific. She wasn’t yet 40, and was never seen again.
Source: Condé Nast Traveller
It only took a single plane ride at an air show in California and Earhart was hooked.
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