A Picture Book of Amelia Earhart
What I Learned Section 1 -- Answer
the Following Questions:
1. When was Amelia Earhart born?
July 24, 1897. Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas, on
July 24, 1897. Her mother was Amy Earhart, and her father was
Edwin Earhart. Amelia's younger sister, Muriel, was born in 1900.
2. What year did Amelia
Earhart first see an airplane?
1908. Amelia first saw an airplane when she was eleven
years old in 1908. Just five years earlier, in 1903, Wilbur and
Orville Wright made the first successful flight. Amelia commented
about the first airplane she saw, saying it was just "a thing
of rusty wire and wood...not at all interesting."
3. What year did Amelia
Earhart take her first flying lesson?
1921. Amelia Earhart went to an air show on December 25, 1920,
in California. Three days later she took a ten-minute airplane
ride. Amelia took her first flying lesson on January 3, 1921.
She bought her first airplane for her birthday on July 24, 1921.
It was named, Canary. In 1924, Amelia sold this airplane
to buy a sports car and drive her mother to Medford, Massachusetts.
4. True or False: Amelia
Earhart was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.
True. Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic
Ocean as a passenger and as a pilot. On June 17, 1928, Amelia
Earhart was a co-passenger aboard the airplane Friendship with
Bill Stultz and Slim Gordon. Stultz was the pilot. Amelia checked
the maps and kept records of their speed and altitude. The flight
lasted 20 hours and 40 minutes. They landed on June 18, 1828,
in the harbor of Burry Port, Wales. Amelia became the first woman
to cross the Atlantic Ocean by air. She returned to New York as
a hero. She wrote a book and articles, and she gave lectures against
war and for women's rights. Amelia wanted to fly across the Atlantic
Ocean again -- this time she wanted to fly solo. On May 20, 1932,
Amelia took off from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, and landed the
next day in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Amelia become the second
person and first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
Charles Lindbergh was the first person to do so in May, 1927.
5. What year did Amelia
1937. Amelia Earhart wanted to be the first person to fly around
the world. On June 1, 1937, Amelia and her navigator, Fred Noonan,
began their flight. They flew from Miami, Florida, to San Juan,
Puerto Rico, to South America, Africa, India, Burma, Thailand,
Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, and New Guinea. They had completed
over three-fourths of their trip. On July 2, they took off from
Lae, New Guinea, on their way to Howland Island in the Pacific
Ocean. Amelia knew this was a very difficult leg of the trip because
Howland Island is only 2 miles long and less than a mile wide
in the middle of the largest ocean. Amelia's plane never arrived
in Howland Island, and it was never found. On July 3, Amelia Earhart
and Fred Noonan disappeared in the Pacific Ocean.
What I Learned Section 2 -- Define the
Airplane: A heavier-than-air craft kept aloft in the air
Solo Flight: When a person makes
a flight alone
Transatlantic: Crossing the Atlantic
Aviation: The design, development,
production, operation, or use of a heavier-than-air craft
Aviator: A pilot of an airplane
or other heavier-than-air craft
Pioneer: One of the first persons
in a particular field of inquiry, enterprise, or progress
Bonus Questions (Answer 1 of the
Following Questions for Your FREE
a. Who were the Wright brothers?
They were the first people to fly an airplane. Wilbur Wright (1867-1912)
and Orville Wright (1871-1948) were brothers from Dayton, Ohio.
On December 17, 1903, Orville made the first successful flight
in a heavier-than-air craft at Kitty
Hawk, North Carolina. The first flight
lasted 12 seconds. Visit the Wright
Brothers Aeroplane Company and Museum of Pioneer Aviation.
b. Who was Charles Lindbergh?
He was the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
On May 20, 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh (1902-1974) flew from New
York to Paris. This was the first time a person made a nonstop
solo transatlantic flight. His airplane
was called The Spirit of St. Louis. The flight took 33
hours and 39 minutes. Lindbergh landed in Paris on May 21. Today,
his airplane is in the Smithsonian
Institution, National Air and Space Museum,
Milestones of Flight Gallery in Washington, D.C. Did
you know Lindbergh's nickname is "Lucky Lindy?"
c. Name ONE of Amelia
Earhart's achievements in aviation.
women's altitude record when she rose to 14,000 feet (October
woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean by plane (June 17-18, 1928)
women's autogiro altitude record with 18,415 feet (April 8, 1931)
person and first woman to make a nonstop solo flight across the
Atlantic Ocean (May 20-21, 1932)
person to fly from Hawaii to California (January 11-12, 1935)
person to make a solo flight across both the Atlantic and Pacific
Oceans (May 20-21, 1932, and January 11-12, 1935, respectively)
person to fly solo from Los Angeles to Mexico City (April 19-20,
Did you know Amelia Earhart's
mother was the first woman to climb to the top of Pike's Peak
in Colorado? It is 14,110 feet high.
d. Use five of the words
in Section 2 in a sentence.
Answers will vary. Here are sample sentences from our young readers:
in an airplane for the first
time from Michigan to California when I was 3 years old.
Charles Lindbergh made a solo flight
from New York to Paris.
My parents went on a transatlantic
I want to study aviation when
I grow up.
Amelia Earhart is my favorite aviator.
The Wright Brothers were pioneers
in the field of aviation when
Orville Wright made a solo flight
in 1903, and became the first aviator
in an airplane. Unfortunately
for my sentence, it was not a transatlantic
e. Have a parent or friend give you
a spelling test with EACH of the words in Section 2.
More Valuable Information about Amelia
Amelia Earhart Web Site
Earhart Birthplace Museum
Earhart: Women in Aviation & Space History (Smithsonian)
in Aviation: Amelia Earhart
Hall of Fame: Amelia Earhart
Aviation Hall of Fame
International Organization of Women Pilots