Thursday, July 2, 2009

This Day in History: July 2, 1937

In 1937, American aviator, Amelia Earhart, along with her navigator Frederick Noonan, was reported missing while flying over the Pacific Ocean.

The pair were attempting to fly around the world when something went wrong in what was said to be the hardest leg of the journey: Lae, New Guinea to Howland Island, a tiny island that sits 2,227 miles away.

Messages from Earhart were reported to the US Coast Guard cutter, Itasca, that the Lockheed, was lost and low on fuel. No trace of Earhart or Noonan was ever found.

Earhart was the first woman to ever receive the Distinguished Flying Cross for becoming the first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

Along with setting many other records, she was an establish author and played a key part in the foundation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots.

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