Amelia Earhart Could Be Found At Last
Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan disappeared on July 2, 1937 during an attempt to fly around the world at the equator. But before her attempt at flying around the world, Amelia Earhart had prepared by making many flights, including the first solo flight from Hawai’i to the mainland. After successfully flying solo from Hawai’i to the mainland her desire to fly around the world was solidified. Her second rendezvous with Hawai’i came during her first around the world attempt. Flying from Oakland to Honolulu on March 20, 1937, Earhart broke the speed record for the route, and her circumnavigation was off to a good start. During the takeoff of her second leg her plane was severely damaged, and her trip was ended. On May 21 her second attempt at circumnavigating the globe would begin, but she decided to make her route follow the equator. Changing her route meant changing her take-off position, and pushing back the date of her take-off to June 2nd. Her flight path would take her through Central America, Brazil, and West Africa; from there she flew to Asia and eventually made her way to New Guinea. On her flight from New Guinea to Howland Island on July 2nd radio contact with Amelia Earhart and her navigator was lost, with only about half an hour’s worth of fuel left, and no land in sight. When she never landed on Howland Island the most extensive air and sea search in naval history ensued; exhausting $4 million and covering about 150,000 square miles of ocean. Amelia Earhart, Fred Noonan, and their plane have yet to be found, but recent findings may have uncovered one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history. According to Ric Gillespie, Executive Director of The International Group for Historic Airplane Salvage, a re-enhanced photo, of what appears to be the landing gear sticking out of the water along the coast of the island of Nikumaroro. The picture was taken months after Earhart’s dissapearence, and appears to be landing gear similar to what would be found on Earhart’s Lockheed Electra. After years of searching and many unsuccessful privately funded searches, the search for Amelia Earhart, Fred Noonan, and their Lockheed Electra is back on.