Amelia got work teaching at the University of Massachusetts Extension Program. She then went on to be a social worker with children in the Dennison House in Boston. In 1927, Amelia becomes interested in forming a club for women pilots. Her first inspiring feat happened in 1928 when George Putnam (a publisher/promoter) selected Amelia to be aboard a trans-atlantic flight as a passenger and standby pilot. The flight took place on June 17th and 18th, thus making Amelia the first woman to fly across the Atlantic. Her only regret was that she didn't actually fly the plane. With newfound fame, she found it easy to "land" a job at Cosmopolitan Magazine as the Aviation editor, the same year she wrote her first book 20 Hours, 40 Minutes on the Transatlantic Flight.
The next year Amelia took place in the first Woman's Air Derby. This race featured 19 women pilots against each other.
In 1930, 99 women aviators formed the first flying club exclusively for women, Amelia was the "99 Club"'s first president. In July of that year, she set the woman's flying speed record of approximately 180 miles per hour. In February 1931, George Putnam and Amelia Earhart wed. Two months later, Amelia sets another world record, for the highest altitude in an auto-gyro by a woman, 18,400 feet. Two months after this, she set out to complete her first solo transcontinental flight in the same auto-gyro, she was sponsored by the Beechnut company.
In 1932, In addition to being the vice president of Luddington Airlines, Inc., Amelia was also able to find time to fly across the Atlantic ocean in a record 14 hours 56 minutes. For this incredible triumph she was awarded
In 1933, Amelia breaks her own previous North American Transcontinental record with a time of 17 hours, 7 minutes and 30 seconds. She also wins the Harman Trophy for the next two years, making her the recepient of the Harman Trophy three consecutive years. In January of 1935, she makes a solo flight from Honolulu Hawaii to Oakland California in just over 17 hours, becoming the first person to fly solo across the Pacific. By the year 1936, it seemed that all she had left to do was fly around the world, so she plans to do so.
After several attempts in 1937, on what seems to be her most successful attempt she loses radio contact in the central Pacific flying from New Guinea to Howland Island. She was never heard from again.
In a previous letter to her husband, she wrote
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