She was the first woman to ever fly across the Atlantic Ocean. She inspired millions of women around the world to never give up on their dreams. She set many flying records and wrote best selling books on her flying experiences. Her achievements even formed The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots.
But the mystery surrounding her disappearance during her famous flight across the Atlantic remains with us even to this day. No one knows exactly what happened to Amelia Earhart but many researchers have come up with their own theories, none of which have proven true as of yet. The plane has not been found. Neither her body nor the body of her navigator Fred Noonan has yet to be discovered.
Earhart was born on July 24th, 1897 in Atchinson, Kansas. Her fascination with flying came at age 10 when she saw her first plane at the Iowa State Fair.
When Earhart finally got her license in December of 1921 and learned how to fly, she set many flying records. Aside from flying solo across the Atlantic, she was the first woman to fly from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland, and the first woman to fly solo above 14,000 feet.
In 1937 Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan attempted to complete a circumnavigational flight around the globe. On July 2nd, they disappeared over the Pacific Ocean near Howland Island. No further radio messages were received from Earhart.
The official explanation is that she crashed into the Pacific Ocean and drowned along with Noonan and the plane. But many believe that story is not what really happened to her.
So what happened to Earhart?
One theory suggests that she was on a secret mission for our military to gather intelligence on the Japanese. The news coverage of her flight was merely a distraction so the Japanese wouldn’t suspect her being a spy flying reconnaissance around the islands occupied by Japan.
Another theory suggests that crashed into the sea and was rescued by the Japanese then taken to the island of Saipan where she was held captive until her death. A few eye witnesses living in Saipan claim they had seen a woman matching Earhart’s description and even remember visiting her unmarked tombstone.
Joe Klass, a man who has spent much of his life researching Earhart’s disappearance claims that Earhart is alive and well living in the United States and has taken on the name of Irene Bolam. This theory turned out to be outlandishly false and I agree. What reason would Earhart need to change her name? Even Bolam furiously denies that she is Earhart and even went so far to sue the author of the book that claimed she was the famous pilot.
Some believe that Earhart vanished in the Dragon’s Triangle much like Flight 19 supposedly did in the Bermuda Triangle. The Dragon’s Triangle is located around the Miyake, which is a Japanese island that lies around a hundred kilometres south of Tokyo. Ships and planes in this region have gone missing mysteriously as well.
Whatever happened to Earhart it remains clear that neither she nor her aircraft have ever been found. Only time will tell if the mystery is ever solved.