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.
from National Geographic
Key Facts In This Video
Amelia Earhart was last seen on July 2, 1937. (0:00)
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)
Some believe that Amelia Earhart and her navigator died as castaways on a deserted attol. (1:42)