She was born in Atchison, Kansas in 1897. In 1931, already a respected aviator, she married George Palmer Putnam, on the condition that they would separate if either of them was unhappy at the end of one year, and that they would be equally free to pursue their own careers, wherever they might lead.
Earhart continued to accept new challenges and risks. In 1937 she embarked with navigator Fred Noonan on an around-the-world- flight that ended when her airplane was lost in the South Pacific. Their fate remains a mystery today. Her unique life and fate remain issues of perpetual interest. Earhart was the aviation editor for Cosmopolitan Magazine from 1928-1930. Her other books are 20Hrs. 40 Min (1928) and Last Flight (1937).
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