Amelia Earhart never settled for the limitations society placed on women and their careers. She set several records in aviation and pioneered new boundaries for women. At a young age, Amelia saw her first plane and was unimpressed, but after her first flight, flying became a life-long career. In June 1928, Amelia became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic. In January 1935, she became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific from Honolulu to Oakland. Despite her amazing life accomplishments, Amelia is most remembered for her final flight. On June 1,1937, she began her now-infamous flight around the world. On July 2, 1937, while en route to refuel at Howland Island, Amelia's plane disappeared. After one of the largest searches conducted by the American government at that time, Amelia was declared dead on July 19. But despite her legendary death, Amelia lived to fly and ascended to new heights for aviators and women throughout the world.
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The Search for Amelia
July 3, 1937--July 19, 1937
On July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart and her navigator Frederick Noonan disappeared during flight. Earhart had left from Lae, New Guinea, and was suppose to arrive at Howland Island to refuel. Howland Island is only one-and-a-half miles long and half-a-mile wide in the great abyss of the Pacific Ocean. Two U.S. ships were located along the route and ordered to keep all their lights on to help Earhart mark the way. Another ship, the ITASCA, was the couple's radio connection close to Howland. When Earhart took off the morning of July 2, the skies were overcast and intermittent rain showers prevailed. The weather made Noonan's method of tracking, based on celestial navigation, very difficult. Earhart radioed the ITASCA for bearings, but while the ship sent her a steady stream of measurements, Earhart received none of the transmissions and radio contact was difficult due to the weather. At 7:42 A.M. Earhart sent the message to the ITASCA saying, “We must be on you, but we cannot see you. Fuel is running low. Been unable to reach you by radio. We are flying at 1,000 feet.” The next and last message the ship received was simply, “We are running north and south.” Amelia Earhart was never heard from again.
The search that ensued was the longest and most extensive search undertaken by the U.S. Navy and Air Force at that time. On July 19, the U.S. government called off the search. They had spent $4 million and searched 250,000 square miles of sea. The country sadly ceded that Amelia was gone. These newspapers follow the search for Amelia. Many theories exist that shy away from the idea that she died searching for Howland Island, but it is accepted in history, that while there is no proof of her death, she perished at sea.