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Amelia Earhart's First Flight
By: Madison G.
New Hampshire, Age 9


8/26/1922

A twenty – three year old woman takes her first flight in an airplane, Amelia Earhart. She said that “as soon as we left the ground I knew I myself had to fly.” Indeed, within a few days, she took her first flying lesson. Six months later, she bought her own airplane, a yellow Kinner Airster, that she dubbed “The Canary.” Like Gabby Gabreski, she was not a gifted pilot, but she kept going until she succeeded, she wouldn’t give up, she built up her flying time, and even broke the woman’s altitude record in 1922. Can you believe that a few years ago in 1908 at 11 years old Amelia goes to the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa; she gets her first glimpse of an airplane. Surprisingly, her first sight of this new invention doesn’t impress her. She had been reading since the age of five, and was more interested in books and poetry. She would later recall how she thought the airplane was just a “thing of rust wire and wood, and not all that interesting. At the same time Amelia had her first ride in an airplane, the ending of a struggle lasting over half a century, American woman win the right to vote on August 26! And in the same year World War 1, witnesses an upheaval, of social change.
New American heroes included Babe Ruth.



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