American aviator, who was the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean piloting an airplane.
One of the most intriguing mysteries of the 20th century is: What happened to Amelia Earhart?
In June 1937 she and her copilot, Lieutenant Commander Fred J. Noonan, left Miami, Fla., on an around-the-world flight attempt in a twin-engine Lockheed aircraft. On July 2 the plane vanished near Howland Island in the South Pacific. The world waited with fascination as search teams from the United States Army and Navy, along with the Japanese navy, converged on the scene. But not she, Noonan, or the plane was ever found.
As time went on, questions were raised about the flight. Was it simply an around-the-world adventure, or was she perhaps sent to spy on Japanese war preparations for the United States government? Historians have claimed that she was almost certainly forced down and killed by the Japanese.
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