Long Live “Lady Lindy”: The Fascination of an Airborne Legacy “Adventure is worthwhile in itself.”-Amelia Earhart. Earhart couldn’t be more right when she said this. From the days of her early childhood as a tomboy to her final disappearance as one of the world’s greatest female pilots, Amelia Earhart led many “adventure[s]” that inspired and intrigued the world. She began as a daring tomboy at a young age and went on to achieve many firsts as a pilot and as a woman in her time. After her tragic disappearance while attempting to fly around the world, what happened to Earhart instantly became the most puzzling mystery the world has ever encountered and still continues to fascinate today.
She wasn’t impressed with the airplane. When she attended a stunt flying show, almost a decade later, she became interested in airplanes. “On December 28, 1920, pilot Frank Hawks gave her a ride. After that first ride, Amelia was sure that she wanted to fly (Biography). Amelia lives with her grandparents during the school year and with her parents in the summer (Amelia Earhart).
As soon as Amelia Earhart took her first flight in 1920, she knew that she was destined to fly. From the instant she left the ground, she decided that the sky was intended for her (“Embassy” par 5). Amelia’s aviation career has made her one of the utmost recognizable woman aviators of all time. Due to her numerous aviation accomplishments, Amelia was often associated with the prodigious Charles Lindbergh; therefore, giving her the nickname Lady Lindy (“Amelia Earhart Biography” par 1). Amelia Earhart’s aviation achievements during the 1920’s verified to millions that women can undeniably fly, and that women can finally live up to the expectations of their male counterparts (“Amelia Earhart Biography” par 1).
She, of course, did well, and proved to the world that women were just as capable of being in space as men were. Finally, the last notable female astronaut discussed is Eileen Collins, who had an extensive career. Her list of achievements contains being the first female pilot and commander for NASA (Makers: Women in Space). By bringing up these women that often do not get recognition, this film is able to show that the world’s preliminary concerns that women would not be capable of
By 1940, Britain’s Royal Air Force began using women as ferry pilots and in Russia, women were flying combat missions (Myers, 640). In July of 1941, At the suggestion of President Roosevelt, Cochran proposed a plan that would utilize female aviators in the United States for ferrying new aircraft to air bases, which would in turn free up men to focus on more active roles. Unfortunately, the US Military felt that they were not ready to employ women pilots and rejected the proposal. By August, Cochran, along with 25 women pilots were on their way to England to aid the Royal Air Force in the British Air Transport Auxiliary. (Carl, 36) Meanwhile, as the ferry pilot shortage continued t... ... middle of paper ... ... Carl, Ann B.
However, as the technology advances, scientists might find a way to go deeper than ever and potentially find the missing plane. Amelia, however, will always remain one of the most well known pilots to have ever lived. She inspires many young women to do what they believe, and that the sky is the limit. With her amazing childhood, and dare-devilish personality, she accomplished much more than any of us could possibly do today. She left a great legacy, and a tough act to follow.
And as I have said, Amelia Earhart has certainly affected many people. Amelia Earhart inspired many women to follow their ambitions and dreams. She is still a symbol of the power and perseverance of American women. When she first saw an airplane, she wasn’t very interested, but as soon as she left the ground at a stunt-flying exhibition, she knew that she had to fly. Six months after her first lesson, she bought a second hand biplane painted bright yellow, and named it Canary.
According to Dorothy Cochrane and P. Ramirez from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: a few years later in rapid succession Earhart got her own plane, broke records, and got a pilot license. Earhart was well on her way to becoming an influential aviation figure, and made it clear how she wanted to present herself. She expressed her independence and views on feminism through her traditionally masculine clothing like pants, while also cutting her hair short (Slabach). In 1928 Earhart began preparation for her first transatlantic flight as she set out to be the first woman to cross the Atlantic. There had already been casualties during past attempts, but Earhart was not discouraged.
The main point of Corn’s article is that women were extremely important in terms of aviation and without there involvement aviation would not be what it is today. This main point is expressed by a quote from Corn in the last paragraph of the article, “women pilots of the late twenties and thirties was the first to render the sky friendly and hospitable” (Joseph J. Corn, Making Flying “Thinkable”: Women Pilots and the Selling of Aviation, 1979, pg. 571). This main point is then strongly represented by primary sources stating what women did in terms of selling aviation to the mass public, dealing with female discrimination, and how they forfeit being aviators to a more feminist role, so as to allow aviation to grow.
An example of these very brave women was the women pilots who served in the women’s division of the Air Force. The women pilots were put in noncombat jobs that most people viewed as safer, but the women pilots were actually risking their lives every day. Jacqueline “Jackie” Cochran and Nancy Love achieved the unexpected; they assist in the creation of a flying program for women. It all began when Jackie Cochran first wrote a letter to first lady Eleanor Roosevelt with her idea of forming a flying program for women in the Army Air Forces (AAF). She wanted to help... ... middle of paper ... ... give them as much credit as they deserve, who had a passion for flying.