She'll always be an true American darling and her country's First Lady of the Air. She may have been a mediocre pilot but she was as bold and determined an aviatrix as there's ever been. Now it turns out she was also something of a wild child. Here is a letter setting out her prenuptial terms to publisher and eventual husband, George Palmer Putnam.
Hey, as a huge Amelia fan, I hope no one is portraying this as new information? It's been known and published for many decades. I keep an excerpt of this letter on wall beside my computer monitor. It's a touchstone for me.
She was not mediocre, by any means. She was way more skilled and talented than Lindbergh, among others.
To learn more about Earhart, I highly recommend the book "Still Missing," by Susan Ware.
I'm with you on everything, Laura, except for her flying skills. I've read quite a bit suggesting she wasn't a particularly good pilot and had a poor grasp of risk management. Brave, absolutely, and fiercely determined. I know from personal experience those are two qualities that can lead to radically different outcomes at any given time.
Amelia, it was just a false alarm.
Well, I've read a lot that says otherwise. :) Many modern aviators believe she was one of the most talented and highly skilled of all time.
I also love the link with Joni. Too of my great idols.
Let's be frank here...or politically not correct as is want for some ...why is it people have to find a negative about people who were or are intelligent, adventurous and brave? Even if she wasn't a particularly good pilot, she showed other women what they can achieve regarding flying and other skills.
I guess what bothers me about Earhart is the role her publisher husband played in promoting her and how she eclipsed and consigned into obscurity a number of really amazing American female aviators. There's no arguing that Earhart was brave but she was also a showboat.
was brave but she was also a showboat. As are many arrogant people who have money enough.
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