Amelia Earhart: Inspiration and Mystery

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Part 3: Bigger and Better Things

She continued to pursue her goal. Among the people who were her biggest supporters was book publisher George Putnam, who was also a passenger on that famous 1928 flight and who would eventually become her husband. They were married in 1931. One year later, she made history.

She took off on May 20, 1932, for a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. She left Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, and was intending to arrive in Paris, just like Lindbergh had done five years before. Strong winds and mechanical problems forced her to land in England, however. Technically, she had flown across the Atlantic. She received the Distinguished Flying Cross from Congress, the Cross of Knight of the Legion of Honor from the French Government, and the Gold Medal of the National Geographic Society from President Herbert Hoover. She was more famous than ever. She even designed a line of clothing ,"for the woman who lives actively."

Now that she achieved her goal, however, she wasn't about to stop. She set her sights on the Pacific Ocean and became the first person—man or woman—to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean, from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Oakland, California. This occurred on January 11, 1935.

Completely comfortable with the idea by then of flying long distances by herself, she did it a few more times, to gain publicity, flying across the U.S. and to Mexico. In 1936, she began planning a grand adventure—flying around the world.

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