In honor of the many American aviators with true grit, GLOBALJET recognizes Amelia Mary Earhart on the anniversary of her birth, July 24, 1897. As a rumble tumble young girl, Earhart was not fascinated in aircraft or flight. It would take a ride in Frank Hawks’s airplane at the age of 23, before she had the confirmation that flying would be a mainstay of her future. Within a month after that flight, she started flight lessons. Six months later, she bought her first biplane, a used Kinner Airster named “The Canary” for its distinctive yellow color.
In her beloved Canary, she set her first record as the first female pilot to reach an altitude of 14,000 feet. Over her short life, Earhart’s love for aviation led her to set many other firsts for women. Some of her noted achievements are:
- First woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a crew, which consisted of pilot Wilmer Stultz and co-pilot/mechanic Louis E. Gordon
- Exactly five years after Charles Lindbergh, she became the second person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean
- The United States Congress presented her the Distinguished Flying Cross
- The first person to fly solo from Oahu, Hawaii to Oakland, California
Although Earhart had accomplished many ground-breaking feats, her last would be the one that etched her name into the hearts and minds of stalwart women around the world. Her attempt to circumnavigate the globe fell short by 7,000 miles. Yet, in a letter to her husband, George Putnam, concerning the upcoming fateful flight, she provided inspiration to the rising generations. She said, “Please know I am quite aware of the hazards…I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.”
Therefore, GLOBALJET salutes anyone that desires to challenge the impossible and to b! more in their life, for failure is just an excuse to try harder.
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