Amelia Earhart

National Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinee Amelia Earhart is well known for her barrier-breaking attitude toward flying during the 1930s. In 1928 she was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic as a passenger, but Earhart wanted more. Less than four years later, Earhart would cross the Atlantic again. This time as the lone pilot, she became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean solo. Earhart quickly became the figurehead for female aviators in the United States. She would form the Ninety-Nines, an international organization with several other well know female aviators, centered on inspiring other women to take on the world of aviation. She was always an advocate for female aviators. She took First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt on a sightseeing tour around Washington, D.C., in the mid-1930s. On their tour, Earhart convinced Mrs. Roosevelt to take flying lessons with her. However, President Roosevelt vetoed this idea. Although Earhart would become infamous for her attempt to fly around the world, her legend and spirit still live on.