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On This Day… The Disappearance Of Amelia Earhart

Written by: George Chittenden : 20 May 2019

It was on this day, 2nd July back in 1937 when the American aviator Amelia Earhart disappeared during her flight around the world creating one of the biggest mysteries of the twentieth century. Earhart was a pioneer of aviation, and set many world records, including the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. In 1937 she set out to fly around the world, with Fred Noonan as her navigator, in a twin-engine Lockheed Electra. The pair began their incredible 29,000-mile journey from Miami on June 1st, and over the course of several weeks they made a number of refuelling stops.

On June 29th they reached New Guinea having travelled approximately 22,000 miles. After enjoying a brief rest, they took to the air once again on July 2nd, which was the last time they were ever seen. The next leg of their journey would have taken them to Howland Island which was around 2,600 miles away. Amelia Earhart was in radio contact with a U.S. Coast Guard cutter near Howland, and she had radioed and informed them that their plane was running out of fuel. A huge search was carried out for the pair, but sadly they were eventually declared lost at sea.

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