March 20, 2012 - Finding Amelia Earhart: What became of Amelia Earhart? Her plane disappeared over the Pacific 75 years ago, which has intrigued aviation fans. Pictured above, Amelia Earhart standing next to her 1928 biplane “Friendship.” She will disappeared, in 1937, in the South Pacific on her twin-engine Lockheed aircraft called her “Little Red Bus.” She was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and nonstop across the United States.
Researchers examine an airplanes landing gear, on Nikumaroro Island in the South Pacific; which is believed to belong to Amelia Earhart’s aircraft.
The location of Nikumaroro Island in the South Pacific Ocean, where Amelia Earhart’s plane is believed to have disappeared 75 years ago.
A crowd cheers Amelia Earhart as she boarded her plane in Northern Ireland in 1932. She would disappear five years later on another aircraft.
An effort, that will start in July 2012, will attempt to find the remains of the lost aviator. Many experts believe that her plane ran out of gas and plummeted into the Pacific Ocean. Renowned undersea explorer Robert Ballard will help in the new effort to locate Amelia Earhart. Mr. Ballard has spent decades recovering relics and finding wrecks, including the passenger liner Titanic, the German battleship Bismarck and President John F. Kennedy’s PT-109 patrol boat.
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