Amelia Earhart was 10-years-old when she saw her first plane but was unimpressed. It wasn’t until ten years later, at an air show, where she was smitten and never looked back. Despite the challenges she faced, notably a woman in a man’s field, she persevered and broke ground often including becoming the first to set an altitude record for autogyros* of 18,415 feet (a record that stood for years), and becoming the first person to fly solo across the Pacific from Honolulu to Oakland, CA in 1935. In 1937 she prepared to become the first woman to fly around the world; however, 7,000 miles into the trip, she experienced some difficulties and never made it to the Howland Island where the U.S. Coast Guard cutter** awaited her. To this day, her disappearance remains a mystery.
Amelia Earhart took her first ever flight on January 3, 1921 and today is exactly 92 years later. Coincidence? I’m a big believer in signs… Like, Earhart, I believe I can fly! (To my dreams, that is.)
* autogyros – an aircraft with an unpowered, horizontally rotating propeller on a shaft above the fuselage that provides lift for the machine (dictionary.com)
** I didn’t know what a “cutter” was and it, apparently, is a commissioned vessel with a crew and living accommodations. I interpret that to be a vessel out in the ocean to help anyone who might need it.