biographies – amelia earhart

Amelia Mary Earhart was born on July 24th of 1897 in Atchison Kansas. She graduated from high school in 1915 and started working as a nurse (infermiera) during first World War; after college she became a social worker. But the passion for airplanes had started much before, during a stunt flyer exhibition (esibizione acrobatica). Amelia took her very first flying lesson in January of 1921 and as soon as (appena) she could put together enough money she bought a plane. It was yellow and she named it Canary: it was with it that Miss Earhart set (stabilì) her first flying record reaching (raggiungendo) an altitude of 14,000 feet. From that moment on she won many flying contests (gare) and smashed (sbaragliò) a lot of records, in a period where women were not taken as seriously as men. During one of these competition Amelia met her future husband George Putnam. At the age of forty Mrs. Earhart decided to perform the a fly around the world (volo intorno al mondo), the first time a woman attempted this enterprise (impresa). Unfortunately she never got back . She and her co-pilot were never found. Perhaps they were captured and killed by the Japanese in Saipan.

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