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EARHART, Amelia Mary

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Amelia Earhart was an internationally known pioneer of aviation for women.
EARHART, Amelia Mary. (Atchison, KS, July 24, 1897-Central Pacific Ocean, July 2,(?) 1937). A pioneer of aviation by women, Earhart visited Dubuque twice. On July 12, 1934, her royal blue and cream-colored Monocoupe experimental plane set down at the yet-to-be completed Dubuque AIRPORT on CITY ISLAND, east of East 16th Street. She and her husband, publisher George Palmer Putnam, had planned on a lunch along the scenic bluffs of the MISSISSIPPI RIVER before they continued on to vacation in Wyoming.

Two years later Earhart accepted an invitation to speak at DUBUQUE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL about her record-setting first solo flight on January 11-12, 1935, between Honolulu, Hawaii, to California. Two years after that speech she disappeared near Howland Island in the Central Pacific. She was attempting a round-the-world flight and, it has been rumored, an intelligence gathering mission for the military.