Amelia Earhart was an aviator who accomplished many things and went against traditional gender stereotypes. Earhart was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic ocean. Before she disappeared, she was best known for her cross-ocean trip.
One of Earhart’s first jobs was as a red cross nurses aid. That was when she discovered flying. Amelia Earhart was determined to get her pilots license. When she did, just two days later she flew in her first flying exhibition.
Her adventures didn't stop there. She became the first woman to fly above 14,000 feet in 1922. In 1932 she became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic solo. But these records weren't enough, she was determined to fly around the world. And, on June 1st, 1937, she took off from Oakland, California to do just that. She wasn't alone, she flew with a co-pilot named Fred Noonan.
The pair flew east, first across the US, then down to South America, then across the Atlantic to Africa. They flew over Asia before setting off across the pacific. The last time anyone saw the pair was in Lae, New Guinea, where they stopped to refuel. Their next stop was the tiny Howland Island. But, just moments after takeoff, they lost radio contact with their guide boat, the Itasca. They never found found their way to Howland island.
Franklin D. Roosevelt sent part of the navy out on a two week search for Earhart and Noonan but one month later the pair were officially declared lost at sea.
Nobody knows for sure what happened to them. They might have crash landed on Howland Island, or a nearby island, only to die of thirst and starvation. They might have simply ran out of fuel and crashed in the sea.
Some people think they survived and landed somewhere else. A picture, taken shortly after their disappearance, shows a boat carrying a very large plane to a dock in the Marshall Islands. Two people in the picture look strikingly similar to Earhart and Noonan.
[Sources: history.com; CNN]