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The Little Life Of And The Flight Of Amelia
By: Zachary C.
Arkansas, Age 11


Named for her two grandmothers Amelia Earhart was born on July 24,1897 in Atchison,Kansas.Her grand farther Alfred Otis,had come to Atchison in 1855,a year after congress had passed the Kansas-Nebraska Act,opening the territories to pioneer settlement.He became a judge and a leading citizen of the town.Amy Otis,Amelia's mother,was known in social circles for her delicate physique,yet in 1890 became the first woman to climb to the 14,000 ft. summit of Pikes peak in Colorado.At the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines,Iowa,11-year old Amelia has her first glimpse of an air plane.Amelia's father had reunited his family in Des Moines after he accepted a job with the Chicago,Rock Island,and Pacific Line Railroads.Though happy to be with her parents and their Grand House in Atchison.Surprisingly,her first sight of this new invention doesn't impress her.She had been reading since age five and is more interested in books and poetry.She later recalled the airplane was just a ''thing of rust wire and wood'' and not interesting at all.Now before she took off around the world,a crash occurs during take-off from Hawaii in March,damaging the Electra 10E plane and forcing Amelia and her crew to give up.Two months later,Amelia and her navigator Fred Noonan try again,this time flying eastward from Florida to California.They deport on June 1,flying from Miami,across the Atlantic Ocean to Dakar,Senegal,in Africa,and then on to India.A month later Amelia and Fred arrive in Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific,with 7,000 miles still to go.They take off on July 2 for Howland Island.Howland is half a mile wide and two miles long barely a don in the Pacific Ocean.Twenty hours into the flight,Amelia's voice is picked up by a ship's radio near the island.But the Electra and crew near arrive.Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan are never seen again.

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