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When 10-year-old Amelia Mary Earhart saw her first plane at a state fair she was not impressed It wasnt until Earhart attended a stunt-flying exhibition almost a decade later that she became seriously interested in aviation A pilot spotted Earhart and her friend who were watching from an isolated clearing and dove at them Earhart who felt a mixture of fear and pleasure stood her ground As the plane swooped by something inside her awakened On December 28 1920 pilot Frank Hawks gave her a ride that would forever change her life Although Earharts passion was strong challenging obstacles awaited her But the former tomboy was no stranger to disbelief She kept a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about successful women in mostly male-oriented fields including film production law advertising management and mechanical engineering After graduating from Hyde Park High School in 1915 Earhart worked as a nurses aide in a military hospital in Canada during WWI attended college and later became a social worker Earhart took her first flying lesson on January 3 1921 and in six months managed to save enough money to buy her first plane The second-hand Kinner Airster was a two-seater biplane painted bright yellow Earhart named the plane Canary and used it to set her first womens record by rising to an altitude of 14000 feet One afternoon in April 1928 a phone call came for Earhart at work He asked her if she would like to fly over the Atlantic Ocean She immediately said yes After an interview in New York with the project coordinators she was asked to join pilot Wilmer Stultz and co-pilot Louis E Gordon The team left Trepassey harbor Newfoundland in a Fokker F7 named Friendship on June 17 1928 and arrived at Burry Port Wales in roughly 21 hours later Their landmark flight made headlines worldwide and when the crew returned to the United States they were greeted with a parade in New
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