Just six months after Earhart began taking flying lessons, she bought her first plane for $2,000. It was a second-hand Kinner Airster. It was a bright shade of yellow so she named it “The Canary.” She had been warned against buying a Kinner Airster because her instructor, Anita Snook, believed that it had some structural problems and was not a suitable plane for beginners.
Earhart pushed her warnings aside and purchased it anyway. On 12 October 1922, Amelia flew her plane to an altitude of 14,000 feet setting a world-height record for female pilots.
How True Is It?
If we are to take Jantz’s words as reality then we’d have to believe that Floyd Kilts, that old coastguard that told that story many moons ago, was indeed right and his story was not just an old man’s tale. This would most likely mean that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan died on Nikumaroro Island.
Regardless of what the truth is, Amelia lived a full and daring life and gave her life to advocating for gender equality. Her story ends with her doing the thing she loved most, flying.
A Nurse’s Aide
Before the flying bug bit, Amelia developed a passion for helping the sick and needy. In 1918, she left junior college to become a nursing aide in Toronto, Canada during World War I. After the war, she joined the pre-med program at Columbia University. She dropped out after her parents asked her to move in with them in California.
She was studying in New York City at the time. In the mid-1920s, she moved to Boston to become a social worker at Denison House, a settlement house for immigrants.
The International Celebrity
Earhart was known far and wide for her achievements. Back when she started flying there weren’t many female pilots in the world so her fame rose quickly. After her flight across the Atlantic, she became an instant celebrity. Details of her flight were shared worldwide.
She wrote about the flight in her book "20 Hrs. 40 Mins," and traveled around the United States on a lecture tour.
The Fun of It
Determined to justify the acclaim that the Atlantic crossing had brought her, she crossed the Atlantic again in 1932. However, she never made it to her intended destination of Paris, France. Despite experiencing a few problems and landing in Ireland, she made the journey in a record time of 14 hours and 56 minutes.
In 1932, she wrote and published another book titled "The Fun of It." She wrote about her life and her love of flying.