Amelia Mary Earhart (July 24, 1897 – July 2, 1937) was an American aviator and she is known for being one of the first women to fly a plane long distances. She was the first woman to fly a plane by herself across the Atlantic Ocean. She broke many records and showed how aircraft had moved forward. She also wrote books. Most of them were about her flights. Earhart vanished over the Pacific Ocean in July 1937 while trying to fly around the world. She was declared dead on January 5, 1939.