Believe it or not, they’re getting ready for another expedition to search for the wreckage of Amelia Earhart’s plane. Has any other individual ever been the subject of as many searches?
Earhart was a famous pilot and women’s rights pioneer who set a number of flight records back in the days when people paid attention to such things. In 1937, she attempted to fly around the globe at the Equator. In July, she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, took off from Papua New Guinea, lost contact with the Coast Guard cutter assigned to track their plane, and were never seen again. In the ensuing decades, there have been repeated searches for Earhart’s plane, at locations across the Pacific. All of the search parties have returned empty-handed.
The location of the new search will be on Nikumaroro, part of the Kiribati Islands, located north and east of Australia. The expedition believes that an old photo of the island shows part of the wreckage of Earhart’s Lockheed Electra plane.
Lots of people have disappeared over the years. Isn’t it interesting that, of all of those who have vanished, Amelia Earhart is the one who still commands the attention and resources for yet another search expedition?