Amelia Earhart - did she survive?
Seventy-Four years ago, one of the most famous women in the world Amelia Earhart, almost forty, took to the skies for one last adventure that would cement her position in history books for centuries to come.
Unfortunately for Mrs. Earhart the history book she earned herself a mention is not the book she was after. While attempting to become the first woman to fly around the globe Earhart vanished, without a trace, thus sparking one of the globes most amazing mysteries to date.
Earhart first came to public attention when she was just twenty-five. She set the woman’s altitude record at 14,000 feet. She was also the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, and the first ever to fly solo from Hawaii to the US mainland.
Earhart blew away the stereotype of what women could hope to achieve. She hit the big-time when she decided to take the last great challenge in aviation, to fly around the world following the equator.
However her quest turned to tragedy when she failed to make a refuelling pit-stop at the pre-determined tiny-island of Howland Island.
June 2nd 1937 was the last time any body saw Amelia Earhart, when she left her last refuelling base of Lae in New Guinea heading for Howland Island where hours later a radio message came from Electra (the plane Amelia was flying) stating that Amelia was running low of fuel and they could not see nor find Howland Island.
It was the last contact anyone would have with Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan, the pair along with Electra the plane vanished without a trace.
But what really happened to Amelia Earhart? Did she run out of fuel and crash into the ocean without a single bit of trace evidence? Did she and Noonan fly to another island just 200 miles away and become cast-aways? Or did she and Noonan run off together to start new lives after keeping quiet an affair?
These questions may never be answered however the 'OFFICIAL' stance is that Amelia Earhart, Fred Noonan and Electra the plane ran out of fuel when Earhart and Noonan couldn't find Howland Island and they were forced to ditch into the sea where they sadly perished.
However experts have stated that since 1920's the term "Low fuel" meant the pilots were on their last 20% of fuel which would equate to approximately 500 miles, with some believing that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, after hours desperately trying to find Howland Island aborted their around the world flight and went to the nearest island they could see, unfortunately they became cast aways.
Numerous coast guard ships report hearing mayday messages, although they could not confirm who they were from, with many sent for almost two weeks to try and respond to SOS Calls before the United States Government elected that all were hoaxes - the SOS calls coming from a small island just 200 miles away from Howland Island.
It is believed by many that Earhart and Noonan were forced to land in the only place they could see land, and attempted to be rescued by sending SOS Messages - to which the government considered hoaxes and therefore left Earhart and Noonan to perish due to lack of water and food.
This claim is backed up after expeditions in recent years found the body of a young female, near her forties, approximately 5ft 7-5ft 8 (the same size as Amelia), however once this was sent for further testing the bones mysteriously disappeared.
No matter what you think happened to Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan one this is for sure. Their complete disappearance, and the lack of plane wreckage found is surely mysterious.
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