Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Constructed Image: Research

Amelia Mary Earhart
Born in 1897 in Atchison, KS and disappeared (declared dead) in 1937, Earhart is honored as the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean (1928) as well as the first female to fly solo (1932) in the longest non-stop distance with the shortest recorded time (5 years after Lindbergh, nicknamed "Lady/Lucky Lindy"). Her first plane was the Kinner Airster biplane ("Canary" yellow, the second "Yellow Peril") and her Lockheed Vega ("Little Red Bus") was used in her solo Atlantic flight. Organized a woman's air derby called "The Powder-Puff Derby" and is known for wearing the iconic flight jacket as well as being pictured on a runway.

Favorite Quotes:

"Adventure is worthwhile in itself."

"Never do things others can do and will do if there are things others cannot do or will not do."

"As soon as we left the ground I knew I myself had to fly!"

You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure , the process is its own reward.

"I have a feeling that there is just about one more good flight left in my system and I hope this trip is it. Anyway when I have finished this job, I mean to give up long-distance "stunt" flying."


Maps of famous flights, last flight

Atlantic Ocean

Pacific Ocean (disappearance)


Leather (Jacket)

Driving Gloves

Cropped Blonde Hair

Signature pearls

Aviation Goggles

Clothing line (sewn personally) (designed a flying suit with loose trousers, a zipper top and big pockets for the Ninety-Nines and incorporated her love of flying into work, economic, sold through Woman's Home Companion)

The Ninety-Nines (Women's Flight Association/Club)

Canary Yellow and Red (planes)

Childhood= homemade roller coaster, tomboy (worms, moths), books, design and make clothing for her dolls

Work as a military nurse during WWI (social work)

"Lucky/Lady Lindy" (resembled Lindbergh)

Plane (disappeared in her Electra)

Lucky Strike Cigarettes

Open Marriage with George Putnam, feminist

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