Robert Ballard to Search for Amelia Earhart’s Lost Plane

Credit: Smithsonian Institution

In May 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.

On June 1, 1937, Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, left Miami, Florida, on a mission to accomplish an around-the-world flight on a Lockheed Model 10-E Electra. The plane vanished after a stop in Lae, New Guinea, on June 29, 1937, just 7,000 mi. short of the goal.

Famed ocean explorer Robert Ballard, who discovered the wreck of the Titanic, has taken on the task of trying to locate Earhart’s plane. 

He will base the search on a photo taken of an island in Kiribati by Eric Bevington, a British colonial officer, in 1937.

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