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Happy Birthday, Amelia Earhart!

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

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The summer is full of adventure. And this summer, Amelia Rose Earhart became the youngest woman to fly around the world in a single-engine plane. No, she’s not a relative of that Amelia Earhart, but she was named after her.

The original Amelia Earhart set many records in aviation, like in 1932 when she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She was an icon in her time. She is still an icon today, and has inspired the many women pilots who have flown the skies.

Amelia Rose Earhart was just one of those women inspired by the original AE. Amelia Rose completed her around-the-world trip on July 14, 2014 when she and her co-pilot landed in Oakland, CA. The flight was made in honor of her namesake the famous 20th century aviatrix, and to benefit the Fly With Amelia Foundation. The foundation awards flight-training scholarships to young women, and works to raise public interest in aviation in general.

In June 1937, nearing her 40th birthday Amelia Earhart took off with her co-pilot at the start of what was meant to be an around-the-world journey that would have made her the first woman to circumnavigate the globe. Her tragic disappearance has gone down as one of the biggest mysteries in history. In light of her determination, grit, and passion for piloting, not to mention her gift for writing and editing, we tip our hats this July 24 to Miss Earhart on her 117th birthday.