Amelia Earhart: A Pioneer Who Inspires Us
At Boone, we love to celebrate the daring, the fearless, and the pioneering: the people in our nation’s history who blazed trails, opened doors and charted paths that many would follow. As we mark Women’s History Month, one name that clearly embodies these ideals and everything that Boone stands for is Amelia Earhart.
Born in 1897, Amelia Earhart was just six years old when Wilbur and Orville Wright kept their experimental airplane aloft for 59 seconds in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Less than three decades later, Earhart became the first woman to make a transatlantic flight and, shortly thereafter, the first woman to fly solo and nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean. She would later make history with several other solo flights, including becoming the first aviator to fly solo from Honolulu, Hawaii to Oakland, California.
While trying to set another record, to become the first woman to circumnavigate the globe by airplane, Earhart disappeared during one of the final legs of her flight just weeks before her 40th birthday. With no remains or evidence ever found, she was declared dead in absentia on January 5, 1939.
During her life, and over the 85 years since she disappeared, Earhart has inspired people of all ages to follow their dreams and take to the skies. While her life was presumably cut tragically short, she is remembered as one of America’s greatest heroes, pioneers, and innovators.
Our work at Boone aims to equip today’s heroes and pioneers with the tools, technologies, and people they need to solve our most pressing national security challenges. This Women’s History Month, we celebrate Amelia Earhart for her achievements and the many ways she continues to inspire us to this day.