5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Amelia Earhart

On July 2, 1937, the plane carrying Amelia Earhart, a 39-year-old pilot from Kansas, disappeared over the Pacific Ocean. What happened to Earhart remains a mystery today, but here are 5 interesting facts about her disappearance you may not know…


Amelia Earhart Learned to Fly From a Female Aviator Neta Snook Southern was the first woman who learned to fly at the Curtiss Flying School, located in Virginia. She was also the first female aviator in Iowa as well as the first to operate her own commercial airfield and aviation business. In 1921, she gave flying lessons to Earhart in Long Beach, California, at Kinner Field. She reportedly charged Earhart $1 a minute while they were in the air. But not in cash, she was paid in Liberty Bonds.

Earhart Worked as the Aviation Editor for Cosmopolitan Magazine Earhart was hired by Cosmopolitan in 1928 and published 16 articles about aviation that told of her adventures and encouraged women to learn to fly. Her articles ranged from “Why Are Women Afraid to Fly?” to “Try Flying Yourself.” In addition, she encouraged women to fly commercially, although this did not occur until after the close of World War II.


Eleanor Roosevelt Considered Learning How to Fly Earhart met Eleanor Roosevelt in 1932, and the First Lady was so interested in the famous female pilot, that she decided to take flying lessons. Although Roosevelt obtained her student permit and went through a physical exam, she never took the flying lessons. However, they did take a flight together in April 1933, and newspapers reported that the First Lady took the controls for a short time.

Earhart Launched Her Own Clothing Line in 1933 Earhart was one of the first celebrities to start her own clothing line. It was operated out of a New York hotel and may have been inspired by designer Elsa Schiaparelli. Her clothing was sold only at Marshall Field’s and Macy’s and included a line of suits, pants, dresses, blouses, and hats. The clothing line was aviation-inspired in some ways, including the use of parachute cloth and buttons shaped like propellers.

The Search for Amelia Earhart Cost the U.S. Government $4 Million Earhart’s around-the-world flight ended on July 2, 1937, when her plane disappeared somewhere near Howland Island, near the equator in the Pacific Ocean. The search was officially called off on July 19 after finding no sign of the plane. Some believe that Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, landed on the shore of Nikumaroro Island after running out of fuel. In 1940, bone fragments and other items such as a woman’s shoe were found on the same remote Pacific island. However, no report of the DNA analysis has been released to confirm that it was tied to Earhart’s disappearance.