What Happened To Amelia Earhart?

What Happened To Amelia Earhart?

Amelia Earhart was a pilot, activist, and author whose achievements inspired countless others to take to the skies. Her fascination with planes began in 1920 at an airfield, where she rode in a plane piloted by Frank Hawks. Afterwards, she was determined to become a pilot. She accrued hundreds of flight hours, broke the record for highest altitude achieved by a woman, and became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. But in July of 1937, while attempting the longest-ever round-the-world flight, she disappeared. The circumstances of her vanishing have fascinated researchers and speculators for decades.


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    Amelia Earhart was last seen on July 2, 1937. (0:00)

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    After Amelia Earhart's disappearance, the Navy concluded that her plane ran out of gas and crashed into the ocean near Howland Island. (0:35)

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    Some believe that Amelia Earhart and her navigator died as castaways on a deserted attol. (1:42)

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