|Amelia Earhart in the year she died. This photo is shown in|
the small Air Museum in the Melbourne, Florida airport.
Her flight on a single-engine Lockheed Vega was routine. On her way in to Oakland she was listening on her radio to the broadcast of an opera from the Met in New York.
She had already at 34, in 1932, become the first woman to fly the Atlantic solo. Charles Lindbergh was the first person to make the crossing alone. She was called the female Lindy or "Queen of the Air".
She flew from Newfoundland to County Derry in Ireland. A puzzled farmer went out to see who landed on his property and asked: "Have you come far?" She answered: "From America."
Amelia Mary Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas, daughter of Samuel "Edwin" Stanton Earhart (1867-1930) and Amelia "Amy" Otis Earhart (1869-1962).
She was married twice but did not take either husband's name. She was a member of the National Woman's Party. She disappeared in 1937 while trying to circumnavigate the globe in an airplane with new equipment.