|Earhart by her plane|
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Interesting facts about Amelia Earhart:
- In spite of having to attend six different high schools, she was able to graduate on time.
- Amelia saved enough money to buy her own plane, which she named Canary, because it was bright yellow.
- She was the 16th woman to receive a pilot's license from the FAI (License No. 6017).
- Earhart was called "Lady Lindy" because her slim build and facial features resembled that of Charles Lindbergh.
- Earhart refused to wear typical flying gear. She wore a suit or dress instead of the "aviation togs" and a close-fitting hat instead of a helmet.
- Earhart made such an impression that people often wrote and told her about naming babies, lakes and even homing pigeons "Amelia."
- She became friends with Eleanor Roosevelt, who wanted to learn how to fly.
- Earhart met Orville Wright at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in 1937, the same year she disappeared.
- She was the first woman be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
- The United States government spent $4 million looking for Earhart, which made it the most costly and intensive air and sea search in history at that time.
President Herbert Hoover presented Earhart with a gold medal from the National Geographic Society. Congress awarded her the Distinguished Flying Cross—the first ever given to a woman. At the ceremony, Vice President Charles Curtis praised her courage, saying she displayed "heroic courage and skill as a navigator at the risk of her life." She set many other records and wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences before she disappeared in 1937 in the South Pacific during her attempt to become the first pilot to fly around the world at the equator. Read more at AmeliaEarhart.com.
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|Excel Math Lesson 121 Student Worksheet|
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