American aviator Amelia Earhart, c 1930s.
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Earhart (born 1897) standing in front of the Lockheed Electra in which she disappeared in 1937. Earhart began flying in 1920, and broke the women's altitude record in 1922. In 1928 she was invited to be the first woman to fly across the Atlantic and becam