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Chasing Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897, and later disappeared mysteriously that same month in 1937. In her lifetime she became the first woman, and second pilot, to fly solo over the Atlantic, and it was while trying for a circumnavigation of the earth that she vanished.
Yet earlier this year some researchers reported that they may have found her wreckage on a sonar image of Nikumaroro Island, where she may have been a castaway, and more photos have surfaced from a 1938 survey of the island that may offer even more clues. Is the mystery of the lost aviatrix finally going to be solved? However the historic hunt turns out, there are still numerous places in which to discover the life, and disappearance, of the intrepid pilot.
Click through for our favorites, including her Birthplace Museum, a 42,000 square foot portrait of her in earth and foliage, Amelia’s Lockheed Vega, the crumbling Earhart Light on Howland Island, Nikumaroro Island, and the Museum of Women Pilots!
Chasing Amelia Earhart: A Tour Through the Relics of the Lost Pilot on Atlas Obscura… High-res

Chasing Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897, and later disappeared mysteriously that same month in 1937. In her lifetime she became the first woman, and second pilot, to fly solo over the Atlantic, and it was while trying for a circumnavigation of the earth that she vanished.

Yet earlier this year some researchers reported that they may have found her wreckage on a sonar image of Nikumaroro Island, where she may have been a castaway, and more photos have surfaced from a 1938 survey of the island that may offer even more clues. Is the mystery of the lost aviatrix finally going to be solved? However the historic hunt turns out, there are still numerous places in which to discover the life, and disappearance, of the intrepid pilot.

Click through for our favorites, including her Birthplace Museum, a 42,000 square foot portrait of her in earth and foliage, Amelia’s Lockheed Vega, the crumbling Earhart Light on Howland Island, Nikumaroro Island, and the Museum of Women Pilots!

Chasing Amelia Earhart: A Tour Through the Relics of the Lost Pilot on Atlas Obscura…