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1897–1937, American aviator, born in Atchison, Kansas.
Amelia Earhart was the first woman to cross the Atlantic by airplane (1928) and the first woman to make a solo flight across the Atlantic (1932). She was the first person to fly alone from Honolulu to California (1935). In 1937 she attempted with a copilot, Frederick J. Noonan, to fly around the world, but her plane was lost on the flight between New Guinea and Howland Island; her fate remains a mystery. She was married to G.P. Putnam (1887-1950) in 1931.
See biographies by Richard O'Connor (1971) and A.H. Pellegreno (1971); T.C. Brennan and Ray Rosenbaum, Witness to the Execution: The Odyssey of Amelia Earhart (1989); Thomas E. Devine and Richard Daley, Eyewitness: The Amelia Earhart Incident (1987).
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