The world was stunned when Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan
vanished while flying across the Pacific in 1937. The sudden and total
disappearance of the two flyers and their airplane became one of the
greatest news stories, and certainly the greatest aviation mystery of
the twentieth century.
Amelia Earhart was Queen of the Air and one of the best-known
women in the world. She had earned that honor by demonstrating through
her flying skills that women were as capable as men, and by advocating
that society should not restrict women from aspiring to fulfilling professional
Frederick Noonan was chief navigator on the China Clippers
of Pan American Airways. The clipper crews were role models
and heroes of the mid 1930s and inspired thousands of young people to
train for jobs in aviation. As one of the top aerial navigators, Noonan
too was an icon of aviation.
When these two giants of aviation and their aircraft suddenly vanished the
whole world became fascinated with the mystery. To this day, what happened
to Amelia Earhart is considered the greatest aviation mystery of all
Many organizations and expeditions have been formed to pursue a diversity
of theories of what happened to Amelia. So far, all have failed to produce
either Amelia's Lockheed Electra or Amelia herself. The actual search
pattern that was executed in the 1930s didn't even find a trace. However,
most of these expeditions were formed before revealing evidence was
ultimately discovered in Vancouver, Canada. Fortunately for Amelia,
the research has now been completed and a proper search can be conducted.
The fascination continues to this day and the Electra waits to be found.
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the 'Long' Search for Amelia Earhart (6min)