Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) was a noted American aviation pioneer and author. In 1932, she became the first woman to pilot a plane solo non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean. Attempting a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937, Earhart disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean and was never found.
A celebrity during her lifetime for pushing the boundaries for female pilots, Earhart has since become a modern legend, immortalized in books, documentaries and movies, and portrayed on screen by the likes of Hilary Swank, Diane Keaton and Amy Adams (in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian).
- In Rocky Mountain Holiday, John Denver takes Rowlf the Dog on a plane ride to cure his hiccups (a scene deleted from the 2003 DVD). Nervous about the flight, Rowlf says, "Dogs have bad luck in airplanes, John. Haven't you ever heard of Amelia Airedale?"
- Sesamstrasse spoofed Earhart in a 2007 episode as a cow named Amelia Kuhhart, herself famous for 237 piloting records.