She earned the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.
She was considered a tomboy, and delivered medication and meals to wounded World War I soldiers at Spadina Military Hospital.
She joined Purdue's Aviation department 1935, and was close friends with Eleanor Roosevelt during the 1930s.
She turned down six proposals before accepting George P. Putnam's hand in marriage. They married on February 7, 1931.
Hilary Swank portrayed her in the 2009 film, Amelia.
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