Amelia Earhart disappeared in Nikumaroro Island

American aviation pioneer and author. In 1932, piloting a Lockheed Vega 5B, Earhart made a nonstop solo transatlantic flight, becoming the first woman to achieve such a feat. She received the United States Distinguished Flying Cross for this accomplishment.

Perhaps the last photo ever taken of Earhart’s Electra as it departed New Guinea / Image:

In 1935, Earhart became a visiting faculty member at Purdue University as an advisor to aeronautical engineering and a career counselor to women students. She was also a member of the National Woman’s Party and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment.

During an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937 in a Purdue-funded Lockheed Model 10-E Electra, Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island.

Earhart and Noonan by the Lockheed L10 Electra at Darwin, on June 28, 1937 / Image: Wikipedia

Featured Image: Amelia Earhart was attempting to become first female pilot to circle the globe in her Lockheed Electra aircraft / Image: AP



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