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Amelia Mary Earhart
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     challenging words:    determined, premed, incidentally, navigator, disappearance, gender, altitude, feat, brief, military, position, industry, serving, aviation, passenger, record
     content words:    Amelia Earhart, During World War, Kinner Canary, On June, Atlantic Ocean, United States, Lockheed Electra, Fred Noonan, Pacific Ocean, New Guinea


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Amelia Mary Earhart
By Kathleen Redman
  

1     Known as one of the world's most celebrated aviators, Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas. The family moved often, and she completed high school in Chicago, Illinois, in 1916. During World War I she worked as a military nurse in Canada and later taught English to immigrant factory workers. Her studies as a premed student were brief as her attention turned to airplanes.
 
2     Against her family's wishes, she learned to fly at the age of 24 and made her first solo flight in 1921. A few months later, she purchased her first airplane, a Kinner Canary. Ms. Earhart achieved a number of aviation firsts and became known as the "First Lady of the Air". For years aviation had been dominated by men, but Earhart challenged gender barriers and influenced women's position in the aviation industry.
 
3     Her love of flying brought her several distinctions. In 1922 she broke the women's altitude record of 14,000 feet. On June 17 and 18, 1928, she became the first woman passenger to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. Four years later in 1932, she became the first woman pilot to cross the Atlantic, and in doing so set a new time record of 14 hours and 56 minutes. Then in 1935 she flew solo from Hawaii to California -- a feat that had ended in disaster for other pilots. The distance, incidentally, is greater than from the United States to Europe.

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