“Failure must be but a challenge to others.”


Amelia Earhart (1897-1937)
A Kansas girl with grit and determination, Earhart believed anything men could do women could do as well, if not better. The ‘First Lady’ of the golden age of aviation accumulated many firsts in her brief, but spectacular career. A crusader for women’s rights, as well as, a bold and fearless pilot, Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic (1932), first to make a transcontinental round trip flight (1928), first to fly from Hawaii to the US mainland (1935) and the first to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross (1932). She mysteriously disappeared in 1937 while attempting a round-the-world flight. No traces of Earhart, her navigator, Fred Noonan, or the plane were ever found.