American aviatrix Amelia Earhart, right, and her husband, publisher George Putnam, talk over plans for Earhart's second attempt to fly around the world. They are in a hangar where Earhart's plane Electra is being prepared for flight in Miami, Fla., May 29, 1937.
Famed aviator Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, pose in front of their twin-engine Lockheed Electra in Los Angeles at the end of May 1937, prior to their historic flight in which Earhart was attempting to become first female pilot to circle the globe. A clear plastic shard found on Nikumaroro island matches the thickness and curvature of the Lockheed Electra windows.
American aviatrix Amelia Earhart arrives in Southampton, England, after her transatlantic flight on the "Friendship" from Burry Point, Wales, on June 26, 1928. The tri-motor "Friendship" was piloted by two men as Earhart served as the commander, making her the first female to fly across the Atlantic.
This undated photo provided by the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery shows a page from the school composition notebook in which 15-year-old Betty Klenck recorded words from distress calls she heard over her short-wave radio in July 1937. Now 84, she is certain the voice she heard was Amelia Earhart, marooned on a small South Pacific island.
American aviatrix Amelia Earhart waves from the Electra before taking off from Los Angeles on March 10, 1937. Earhart is flying to Oakland, Calif., where she and her crew will begin their around-the-world flight on March 18.
Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, are seen shortly after their landing in Bandoeng, near Batavia in the Dutch East Indies, on June 21, 1937. It was one of the last happy landings on their attempted around-the-world flight before they disappeared on July 2, somewhere over the Pacific Ocean.
In this photo supplied by the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, the south Pacific atoll of Gardner Island, now called Nikumaroro, is seen from the air on July 9, 1937. This is where some believe Amelia Earhart survived as a castaway in 1937.
Amelia Earhart, left, and her navigator, Fred Noonan, right, pose beside their plane at Lae, New Guinea in 1937. This photo, taken with a gold miner named Jacobs, shows them just before they took off in a flight to Howland Island. They disappeared somewhere in the Pacific on July 2.
This photo supplied by the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery is the only known picture of Earhart's Lockheed Electra taking off from Lae, New Guinea on July 1, 1937, for the 2,550-mile flight to Howland Island. The plane's radio reception antenna, ripped off on the primitive runway, is already missing in photo.
Amelia Earhart and her husband, George Putnam, display two kites as they stand in front of Earhart's twin-engine Lockheed Electra, on March 6, 1937, in Oakland, Calif., 10 days prior to her projected flight around the world. Earhart planned to fly the kites as distress signals if she needed them.
Amelia Earhart and her around-the-world plane are shown after a crash as she attempted takeoff for Howland Island, on March 26, 1937, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Atop the plane, left to right are: Paul Mantz, technical adviser, who was not on board at the time, Amelia Earhart and Fred J. Noonan, co-navigator.
Amelia Earhart is shown climbing out of the cockpit after piloting her plane from Los Angeles to Oakland, Calif., on March 10, 1937. Earhart and her crew will begin their around-the-world journey from Oakland to Howland Island on March 18.
This photo appears to show Amelia Earhart being sworn in to the U.S. Army Air Force, date and site unknown. The man at the far left is Maj. Gen. Oscar Westover, commanding officer of the corps in 1937, the year Earhart vanished.
American aviatrix Amelia Earhart the first woman to pilot a plane solo across the Atlantic, is shown with her husband, George Putnam, aboard the city boat Riverside as they return to New York City on June 20, 1932.
Amelia Earhart tells the Senate post office committee that she would like to see permanent air mail legislation enacted speedily without restrictions that would damage the aviation industry. March 20, 1934, Washington, D.C.
Amelia Earhart, shown in this 1932 file photo, was flying a twin-engine Lockheed Electra when she vanished over the South Pacific in 1937 during her bid to become the first woman to fly around the world.