Amelia Earhart's life was as daring and ambitious as her disappearance was mysterious. Often referred to as Lady Lindy for her resemblance to fellow aviator Charles Lindberg, Earhart ditched the conventional rules of flying and paved her own path in the skies. Donning a tightly fitted hat rather than a helmet, she reinvented the traditional flying suit with custom, tailored trousers, dresses and jackets—outfits advertised in a two-page spread in Vogue. She bought her signature yellow plane, the Canary, after a mere six months of flying lessons and, shortly thereafter, snagged the women's world altitude record. For the next decade, Earhart would become a celebrated figure in America not only for her captivating personality, but for her unwavering commitment to flying. Serving as a role model, fashionista and friend to the famous, Amelia Earhart seemed to have it all. That is, until 1937 when she and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean after completing more than 22,000 miles in air travel around the world.
So what exactly happened on that stretch from Lae, New Guinea to her target destination of Howland Island? Historians say Earhart was confronted with rain and dark skies, while others speculate travel through the mysterious Bermuda Triangle led to her eventual downfall. Six months after the U.S. spent $4 million on search and rescue efforts—the most expensive search to date in 1937— officials declared Earhart and Noonan dead. The plane's wreckage was never found. Check out this playlist to explore the life and legacy of one of history's most famous trailblazers.