If you go to Google.com today, you will be immediately transported to the world of Amelia Earhart, a pioneer of American aviation. The Google Doodle for today aims to capture the grandeur of the person in whose honour it has been laid out. It captures Amelia climbing on her Lockheed Vega 5B with yellow scarf proudly fluttering in the air. The word – Google has been etched below the wings of the aircraft. Doodles are changes made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries and the lives of famous artists, pioneers and scientists.
Google Doodles for Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart was born on this day in 1897 in Atchison, Kansas, to a German American Samuel “Edwin” Stanton Earhart and Amelia “Amy” Otis Earhart. Adventurous even as a kid, Amelia by some biographers was known to be a tomboy, although the things she did as a kid was quite typical for that age. Earhart saw her first aircraft, when she was all of 10 at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Amelia's education was at home-school, along with her sister from her mother and a governess. In 1909 she was enrolled in a public school. She entered the seventh grade at the age of twelve.
Earhart's life-changing event came on December 28, 1920, at Long Beach, after which her determination to fly was cemented. On that day, she, along with her father visited an airfield where they met Frank Hawks who gave her a ride, which went on to change the course of her life. After managing to save $1,000 off doing a variety of jobs, Earhart began her flying lessons on January 3, 1921, at Kinner Field near Long Beach. Earhart got the opportunity to fly the Atlantic too, after Charles Lindbergh's solo flight across the Atlantic in 1927. It all happened one afternoon in the April of 1928 when she got a call from Capt. Hilton H. Railey who put forth the opportunity.
On May 20, 1932, at the age of 34, Earhart set off from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, to fly to Paris in her single engine Lockheed Vega 5B to emulate Charles Lindbergh's solo flight. She is known to have flown for 14 hours, 56 minutes braving strong northerly winds, icy conditions and mechanical problems, before she landed on a at Culmore, north of Derry, Northern Ireland. The spot is now the site of a small museum called the Amelia Earhart Centre. Earhart became the first woman to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic, and for this feat she received the Distinguished Flying Cross from the Congress, the Cross of Knight of the Legion of Honor from the French Government, and the Gold Medal of the National Geographic Society from President Herbert Hoover. In fact, between 1930 and 1935, Earhart had to her name seven women's speed and distance aviation records in a variety of aircraft, including the Kinner Airster, Lockheed Vega and Pitcairn Autogiro.
On July 2, 1937, Earhart set out to fly the world in a twin-engine Lockheed Electra along with her navigator Fred Noonan. But in a cruel twist of fate, their plane vanished in the central Pacific Ocean and has remained untraceable since. It remains one of the most mysterious events in history. The official search efforts lasted till July 19, 1937. It is learnt that the air and sea search by the Navy and Coast Guard became the costliest and most intensive one in the history of U.S. till then.
Earhart was declared legally dead on January 5, 1939. The decision came after a probate court let go off the seven-year waiting period, as part of 'death of absentia' at the behest of Earhart's husband, Putnam to be able to manage her finances.
Publish date: July 24, 2012 10:59 am| Modified date: December 18, 2013 10:54 pm