Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas, on July 24, 1898. Homeschooled as a child, Amelia grew up to be a brave woman pilot and aviation pioneer. She disappeared on July 2, 1937, during the last leg of an around-the-world flight. Seeking to chronicle Earhart’s fate 75 years after she vanished over the Pacific, researchers set out earlier this month to look for wreckage of her airplane near where they believe the famed American aviator may have perished.
Unfortunately, after a major underwater search by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), no evidence of the plane was found. The hunt has now come to an end, according to Discovery News. “Given what we now know about this place, is it reasonable to think that an airplane which sank here 75 years ago is findable? It would be easy to go over and over and over the same territory for weeks and still not really cover it all. The aircraft could have floated away, as well,” Patricia Thrasher, TIGHAR’s president, said.
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Read about Amelia Earhart’s life and aviation accomplishments at http://www.famoushomeschoolers.net/bio_amelia-earhart.html.