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Life of Amelia Earhart
By: Alice G.
Colorado, Age 11


12/28/1920

When 10-year-old Amelia Mary Earhart saw her first plane at a state fair, she was not impressed. It was a thing of rusty wire and wood and looked not at all interesting, she said. It wasn't until Earhart attended a stunt-flying exhibition, almost a decade later, that she became seriously interested in aviation. A pilot spotted Earhart and her friend, who were watching from an isolated clearing, and dove at them. I am sure he said to himself, 'Watch me make them scamper, she said. Earhart, who felt a mixture of fear and pleasure, stood her ground. As the plane swooped by, something inside her awakened. I did not understand it at the time, she said, but I believe that little red airplane said something to me as it swished by. On December 28, 1920, pilot Frank Hawks gave her a ride that would forever change her life. By the time I had got two or three hundred feet off the ground, she said, I knew I had to fly.


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