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On January 11, 1935, Amelia Mary Earhart became the first person to fly solo from Honolulu, Hawaii to Oakland, California. Although this transoceanic flight had been attempted by many others, most notably by the unfortunate participants in the 1927 Dole Air Race which had reversed the route, her trailblazing[93] flight had been mainly routine, with no mechanical breakdowns.
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Amelia Mary Earhart (born July 24, 1897; missing July 2, 1937, declared legally dead January 5, 1939) was a noted American aviation pioneer and author.
During an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937 in a Purdue-funded Lockheed Model 10 Electra, Earhart disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island.
A week after the disappearance, naval aircraft from the Colorado flew over several islands in the group including Gardner Island, which had been uninhabited for over 40 years. The subsequent report on Gardner read: "Here signs of recent habitation were clearly visible but repeated circling and zooming failed to elicit any answering wave from possible inhabitants and it was finally taken for granted that none were there... At the western end of the island a tramp steamer (of about 4000 tons)... lay high and almost dry head onto the coral beach with her back broken in two places. The lagoon at Gardner looked sufficiently deep and certainly large enough so that a seaplane or even an airboat could have landed or takenoff [sic] in any direction with little if any difficulty. Given a chance, it is believed that Miss Earhart could have landed her aircraft in this lagoon and swum or waded ashore."

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Amelia Earhart Radio Broadcast Highlights, 22 May 1932



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Amelia Earhart solo Atlantic flight (1932)

At the age of 34, on the morning of May 20, 1932, Amelia Earhart set off from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland with the latest copy of a local newspaper (the dated copy was intended to confirm the date of the flight). She intended to fly to Paris in her single engine Lockheed Vega 5b to emulate Charles Lindbergh's solo flight.
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A tiny bone fragment could provide crucial information about the fate of Amelia Earhart, the legendary pilot who disappeared 73 years ago while flying over the Pacific Ocean in a record attempt to fly around the world at the equator.
Collected on Nikumaroro, an uninhabited tropical island in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati, the bone has raised the interest of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), which has long been investigating the Earhart mystery,  as it may be from a human finger.

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Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan are last heard from over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937 in a Purdue-funded Lockheed Model 10 Electra. Earhart disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island.
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Astronaut returns Earhart's scarf to Okla. women's flight museum after carrying it on shuttle

An astronaut who carried a scarf once owned by famed aviator Amelia Earhart aboard the space shuttle is returning it to an Oklahoma women's flight museum.
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Researchers scouring a remote, uninhabited South Pacific island believed to be the final resting place of Amelia Earhart have discovered clues that the aviatrix may have struggled to survive there after an emergency landing. Three pieces of a pocket knife and parts of what may be a broken cosmetic glass jar provide new evidence that the legendary Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan landed and ultimately died as castaways on the secluded island of Nikumaroro. The tiny island, located in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati, is roughly 300 miles southeast of Howland Island - the target destination of Earharts fatal flight on July 2, 1937.
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Amelia Earhart's scarf flying to space
As a new major motion picture about famed female pilot Amelia Earhart prepares to launch onto movie theatre screens this weekend, a scarf she wore is being readied for its own liftoff, flying on the space shuttle with the astronaut grandson of her personal photographer.

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A team of investigators is heading to one of the most remote islands in the Pacific next week to resolve a 70-year-old mystery: what happened to Amelia Earhart, the world's most famous woman aviator.
The glamorous adventurer, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, disappeared along with navigator Fred Noonan while attempting to circumnavigate the globe. It was always assumed their aircraft crashed in the sea and sank, but now an expedition by members of the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, or Tighar, hopes to prove that one or both of the fliers survived.

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