“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.”-Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart in 1928

 

“Amelia Earhart flew for the fun of it, she always said,” wrote Wanda Langley, author of Women of the Wind: Early Women Aviators.

In 1937, Amelia Earhart took her plane, the Electra, on a round-the-world flight, a trip that was considered incredibly dangerous at the time. Earhart had made it all the way to the Pacific Ocean after flying over the Atlantic Ocean, Africa, and Asia when her plane went missing.

“Numerous rumors circulated about what happened to Amelia Earhart,” Langley wrote. “Some people said she landed on an uninhabited island and starved to death. Others thought the aviator set down on an island occupied by Japanese soldiers who imprisoned her…. Most aviation experts think that her plane simply ran out of fuel and sank into the ocean.”

This week, Good Morning America reported that, “A renewed effort to determine what happened to aviator Amelia Earhart’s plane when it disappeared over the Pacific 75 years ago is expected to be announced today as a recently discovered photo taken months after she vanished is believed to show her plane’s landing gear.”

The search, which will begin in July, has been sanctioned by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

According to Good Morning America, the State Department said in a statement, “The event will underscore America’s spirit of adventure and courage, as embodied by Amelia Earhart, and our commitment to seizing new opportunities for cooperation with Pacific neighbors founded on the United States’ long history of engagement in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Amelia Earhart, according to fellow aviator Louise Thaden, “talked more people into the air than any other individual in aviation” in her day, wrote Langley.

In her last letter to her husband, Earhart wrote, “I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.”

Adrianne Loggins
Associate Editor

For more information about Amelia Earhart and other early women aviators, check out Women of the Wind: Early Women Aviators by Wanda Langley (ISBN 9781931798815)

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