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was born in Atchison, Kansas, in the home of her maternal grandfather, Alfred Gideon Otis (1827–1912), a former federal judge, president of the Atchison Savings Bank and a leading citizen in the town.
Meanwhile their maternal grandmother disapproved of the "bloomers" worn by Amy's children and although Earhart liked the freedom they provided, she was aware other girls in the neighborhood did not wear them.During an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937 in a Purdue-funded Lockheed Model 10 Electra, Earhart disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island.Fascination with her life, career and disappearance continues to this day.Earhart stood her ground as the aircraft came close.
"I did not understand it at the time," she said, "but I believe that little red airplane said something to me as it swished by." She quit a year later to be with her parents who had reunited in California.
The pilot overhead spotted Earhart and her friend, who were watching from an isolated clearing, and dived at them.