Amelia Earhart Facts and Quotes

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Amelia Earhart had a very fascinating life which of course included an impressive number of flying records and accolades.We have compiled a list of interesting Amelia Earhart facts that you maybe didn’t know before…

  • Amelia was the first female, and one of only a few to date, to receive the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross.
  • Amelia was named Amelia Mary Earhart after her two grandmothers, Amelia Harres Otis and Mary Wells Earhart.
  • 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. They searched around 250,000 square miles of Ocean.
  • Amelia was the 16th woman to receive a pilot’s license from the FAI (License No. 6017).
  • In WWI Amelia volunteered as a nurse’s aide for the Red Cross in Toronto, Canada.
  • In 1921, Earhart purchased a second-hand Kinner Airster biplane. She nicknamed it ‘The Canary’ because it was bright yellow.
  • Amelia said of herself that she was like “a sack of potatoes” in her 1928 Atlantic flight because she didn’t do any of the flying.
  • Amelia’s solo Atlantic flight in 1932 was on the 5th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s solo Atlantic flight.
  • Harry Manning, navigator for the first world flight attempt, had been the Captain of the ship which had brought Earhart back from Europe in 1928.
  • Amelia flew in a plane for the first time in 1920 at the age of 23.



A hobby of Amelia’s was poetry, which could perhaps explain why many things that she said and wrote had a poetic air to it. Due to this there are many iconic Earhart quotes and we have compiled some of the best.

  • “Flying may not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price.”
  • “…decide…whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved. If it is, stop worrying….”
  • “The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life and the procedure. The process is its own reward.”
  • “Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.”
  • “Never interrupt someone doing something you said couldn’t be done.”
  • “Adventure is worthwhile in itself.”
  • “The most effective way to do it is to do it.”
  • “Never do things others can do and will do, if there are things others cannot do or will not do.”
  • “Everyone has ocean’s to fly, if they have the heart to do it. Is it reckless? Maybe. But what do dreams know of boundaries?”
  • “Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.”