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Amelia Earhart

Here's a look back at the trailblazing aviator.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart and her instructor Neta Snook **in front of Earhart's bright yellow Kinner Airster biplane in 1921. After a 10 minute flight in December 1920, Earhart was determined to learn to fly.
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Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart in front of her Lockheed Vega, "Old Bessy" in 1935. She had been awarded the 16th pilot's license ever issued to a woman little more than a decade prior.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

Among her many record breaking flights, Amelia Earhart made the first solo flight from Honolulu, Hawaii to Oakland, California, as well as the first nonstop flight from Mexico City to New York.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

In 1936, Amelia Earhart began preparations for her around-the-world flight attempt.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

To that end, a special Lockheed Electra 10E was built and modified specifically for the trip.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

The aircraft was modified to hold an exceptionally large fuel tank for the journey - which was planned to be the world's longest attempt, covering some 29,000 miles.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

Experienced navigator Fred Noonan was selected to accompany Amelia Earhart on the trip.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

The pair departed from Oakland, California, for their first leg of the flight on St. Patrick's day in 1937.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

After taking off from Hawaii for the second leg of the flight, Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Electra suffered severe damage, resulting in a cancellation of the flight attempt.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan soon embarked on a second attempt, however, this time heading west to east.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

Beginning in California, the journey took them to South America, Africa and South East Asia.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

By the time they made it to New Guinea, they had covered 22,000 miles, well over more than half the trip.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

On July 2, Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan took off in pursuit of Howland Island. They never made it to their destination however, and their last known position was over the Nukumanu Islands.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

Theories surrounding their disappearance continue today, with the predominant belief being that the Electra ran out of fuel and Earhart and Noonan attempted to ditch the aircraft at sea.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

Another group, however, is exploring the theory that the pair made an emergency landing near the islando of Nikumaroro and maintained a castaway presence there for some time.

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