Amelia Earhart Day is dedicated to a unique woman who stood at the origins of American aviation. Amelia Earhart was the first female pilot to make a heroic solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Throughout her life and career, Amelia had many air-travel experiences. She later wrote books about her flights. Her achievements deserve a personal holiday, which is celebrated on July 24th.
Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897, which is why it is celebrated annually on this day. She lived in Atchison, Kansas. As a child, she was active, inquisitive, loved to climb trees, hunt rats, and collect insects. Many called her a tomboy. Growing up, Amelia set many records; one of them is a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932.
Five years later, in 1937, Amelia decided to make a round-the-world flight, but contact with the plane was lost on the way from Lae to Howland Island. Unfortunately, neither the pilot nor the plane was ever found.
Mysterious disappearances of pilots in the history of aviation
- 1947 – A British South American Airways flight to Santiago disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Half a century later, the wreckage of the plane was found with the pilot’s last reports of severe turbulence and an emergency landing.
- The Bermuda Triangle is a mysterious area in the Atlantic Ocean, located between Florida, the Greater Antilles and Bermuda. More than fifty planes, as well as ships, disappeared without a trace there.
- 1944 – Glenn Miller flew from Bedford to Paris.
- 1948 and 1949 – British South American Airways lost two aircraft, the wreckage has not yet been found.
How to take part
Start the celebration by learning as much as you can about the legendary Amelia Earhart. Also, take the time to read biographies of other pioneering pilots such as Katherine Stinson, Bessie Coleman, and Blanche Scott. If there is an aviation exhibition nearby, visit it.
When is Amelia Earhart Day celebrated in 2023?
Amelia Earhart Day is observed on July 24 each year.