Amelia Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean for which she received the US Distinguished Flying Cross. She was instrumental in organizing The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots. In 1935, She was invited to join Purdue University as a visiting faculty member in their aviation department where she counseled women on careers in aviation. In 1937, she disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while attempting a circumnavigational flight of the globe.
One of the most famous pilots in history, Amelia was born in 1897 in Atchison, Kansas. She saw her first air show in the winter of 1920 and was inspired to fly, and by the next December she had earned her pilot’s license. Her short aviation career is full of flight records including being the first woman to fly solo across both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans