My history hero: Amelia Earhart (1897–1937)

Television presenter Julia Bradbury chooses a celebrated aviator as her history hero

Amelia Earhart, who became the first woman to fly non-stop across the Atlantic in 1932. (Image by Bettmann/Getty Images)

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Amelia Earhart was a pioneering American aviator. In 1932, she became the first woman to fly solo non-stop across the Atlantic. Two years later, she became the first aviator to fly solo from Hawaii to the US mainland. During an attempt to circumnavigate the globe in 1937, she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared over the Pacific Ocean, never to be seen again. She was 39.

When did you first hear about Amelia Earhart?

I remember hearing stories about Amelia when I was about eight years old. My dad is a history man, so most likely he told me about her adventures. I became fascinated by this amazing woman who set all these flying records, had her own clothing line and was an associate editor of Cosmopolitan magazine. She just seemed so accomplished and talented.

What kind of person was she?

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