The real reason Amelia Earhart is so famous

The real reason Amelia Earhart is so famous

A carefully executed publicity campaign turned a pretty average pilot into an aviation legend.

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Amelia Earhart is often thought of as the first or greatest female pilot of her time. But the real reason she is seen as an aviation legend comes from a carefully executed publicity campaign starting with her transatlantic passenger flight in 1928, which launched her out of obscurity and into celebrity status. From there, she pursued an ambitious career of record-breaking and stunts in order to stay in the headlines and fund her aviation career.

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76 Responses

  1. Shi Schuman says:

    First jk

  2. Perpetual Polymath says:

    Very inspiring , second only to logan paul.

  3. entropy says:

    No, the real reason is because she was in Night At The Museum 2.

  4. Daniel Clark-hughes says:

    I thought her disappearance made her famous.

  5. Y2Kvids says:

    Who was the second person on the moon!

  6. Egan Wibowo says:

    i kinda admire her more after this

  7. Tom Morgan says:

    I wish this piece had touched on her disappearance just a little bit, it’s something I don’t know much about but I’m pretty fascinated by. Wikipedia it is.

    • murdelabop says:

      The bottom line is that she disappeared because she didn’t have the patience to learn how to use her navigation and communications equipment properly.

    • Allerah Quinto says:

      Buzzfeed Unsolved made a video regarding her disappearance. All the facts and timelines have been laid out neatly. You can check it out ๐Ÿ™‚

    • helen cohen says:

      Watch the buzzfeed unsolved video on it

    • Ye Go says:

      Tom Morgan Wikipedia? Jesus you people are retarded if you think Wikipedia is actually a learning tool lol

    • Jenna Childress says:

      Ye Go Whatโ€™s so bad about Wikipedia? Just because it gives people the power to edit doesnโ€™t automatically diminish its credibility as a useful source for discovering knowledge on almost anything. It is an incredibly helpful tool for viewing a collection of information and lists sources at the end of the page, allowing for even more in-depth discovery.

  8. Moses Ndisa says:

    *NO I DONT KNOW WHO SHE IS BRETHREN*

  9. Andrew Enriquez says:

    Its time to respek wahman (:

  10. TheChannel says:

    **Talks about female pilots**

    Never mentions Sabiha Gรถkรงen

  11. Akhil Djokovic says:

    Whenever Vox says “famous across the world”, I guess they mean “famous across the US and Europe”

  12. TheLegend27 says:

    Who?

  13. Zxfxr says:

    I only found out about her in night at the museum 2 lol

  14. kunalcs50 says:

    Bring back #VOXBorders

  15. Orbital Nexus says:

    would’ve been nice if you touched up on the disappearance a bit more

    • PaulusImperator says:

      Yeah, I agree. Them mentioning her disappearance out of the blue threw me off a bit. Its still a great video, though.

    • Jodiler_77 says:

      Nate River I donโ€™t…

    • maninredhelm says:

      Just about everyone knows she disappeared on a flight, but I would say a significant percentage of people either never learned or no longer remember the details (the latter in my case). Not asking a lot here, maybe 20-30 seconds to provide the other bookend to the video. It’s not what the video is about, but explains why the promotion of her came to an end. They could’ve also said a few things about much longer this golden age of flight and making heroes of pilots lasted.

    • Gumaro R. Villamil says:

      Her disappearance would probably take an entirely separate video.

  16. Ceruleanturkeyz says:

    Hmm, this makes a lot more sense actually.

  17. m says:

    I absolutely need a doc on barnstorming now. Make it happen, Vox.

  18. Marcelo Carvalho says:

    She didn’t disappear, she’s in the Delta Quadrant.

  19. Mage craft says:

    all these “women’s records” are so pointless. the only real record is to the PERSON who actually did it first, doesn’t matter if it’s a man or woman, there isn’t a special “men’s” section for world records.
    i get that back then women were still considered inferior, so we can still remember them as “strong females” but not as record setters

    • Urfie says:

      Mage craft
      This was a time which if a woman did do these things, it was extremely unexpected. In the 20โ€™s and 30โ€™s, Women were seen as mothers and taking care of the home while the males worked in their jobs.

      The modern day counterpart is in the Olympics, there is typically a Womanโ€™s race, and a Menโ€™s race. It makes sense in the Olympics as men are built differently biologically from Men.

    • Mage craft says:

      that’s why i said they should be seen as “strong women”, as in: they proved women were capable of doing basically the same things as men, but they shouldn’t be seen as a record holder.

      the Olympics are different, there you only win if you’re the fastest/strongest, and men are physically stronger than women

    • Thomas Herzog says:

      look at the space records… first men, first woman, first african american, firsr native african, first latin, first african american woman, first etc.
      this has nothing to do with genders, but how important the people feel about the accomplishment. noone knows the first asian climber of the highest mountain, but since we “know” women are physically weaker, we have records of them aswell as the first blind person, first in a wheelchair… etc
      its a balance of the supportgroup and the interest of the public. its pr.

  20. Video Graham says:

    History is written not by winners, but by good PR teams.

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