American aviatrix Amelia Earhart poses with flowers as she 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 woman passenger to fly across the Atlantic.
American aviatrix Amelia Earhart Putnam, 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. The boat transferred them from the liner Ile de France at quarantine.
Amelia Earhart, Trans-Atlantic flier, is shown when she told the senate post office committee 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 1932, 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. The previously unknown diary of an Associated Press reporter has added another clue in the 70-year-old Earhart mystery.
Amelia Earhart Putnam and her husband, George Palmer 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 plans to fly these kites as distress signals to aid searchers in finding her, should she be forced down during her adventure.
Miss Amelia Earhart, noted woman flier, center, is accompanied by her husband, George Palmer Putnam, left, and her technical advisor, Paul Mantz, right, as they arrived in her plane from Salt Lake City, May 22, 1936, Los Angeles, Calif. She will take delivery on an airplane, described as a "flying laboratory," built here for her.
Amelia Earhart, noted flier, inspected the twin-engine Lockheed Electra Monoplane being built for her use in future long distance flights at the plant, May 26, 1936, Burbank, Calif. The ship will carry 1,200 gallons of fuel and have a cruising range of more than 4,500 miles. Photo shows Miss Earhart in plane looking over blueprints.
American aviatrix Amelia Earhart waves from the Electra before taking off from Los Angeles, Calif., on March 10, 1937. Earhart is flying to Oakland, Ca., where she and her crew will begin their round-the-world flight to Howland Island on March 18.
Amelia Earhart and her round-the-world plane are shown after a crash as she attempted takeoff for Howland Island, March 26, 1937, Honolulu, Hawaii. Atop the plane, left to right are: Paul Mantz, technical adviser who was not board at the time, Miss Amelia Earhart and Red J. Noonan, co-navigator.
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.
Amelia Earhart is shown climbing out of the cockpit after piloting her plane from Los Angeles to Oakland, Ca., on March 10, 1937. Earhart and her crew will begin their around-the-world journey from Oakland to Howland Island on March 18.
Amelia Earhart Putnam 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 round-the-world flight before they disappeared on July 2, under way to Howland Island, somewhere over the Pacific Ocean.
American aviatrix Amelia Earhart, navigator Frederick Noonan, standing behind her, and Capt. Harry Manning emerge from the Electra after it crashed on takeoff from Luke Field, near Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, March 20, 1937. Earhart and her crew were en route to Howard Island on their around-the-world flight. The smashed propeller and motor are visible in foreground.
American aviator 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 during which they disappeared somewhere in the Pacific on July 2.
This is the first picture of the crash of a takeoff are that ended the round-world flight of Miss Amelia Earhart in Honolulu, Hawaii, on March 25, 1937. It shows her just after she had clambered from the cockpit of her plane after the accident, with her two men navigators, Harry and Fred Noonan, just visible behind the radio look they climbed out. Note the bent propeller at the crash occurred early on the morning of March 20, and the fliers escaped injury.
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. From the book "Lost Star: The Search for Amelia Earhart" (Norton) by Randall Brink.
Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, is shown in this undated file photo. Undeterred by skeptics and hoping modern technology can help solve the 70-year-old mystery, a group of investigators embarks this week on a new attempt to discover whether the famed aviator may have crash-landed and died as a castaway on a remote South Pacific island.
Ric Gillespie, executive director for the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery holds a piece of plexi-type glass against original engineering drawings for the windows of the Lockheed Electra flown by Amelia Earhart, in New York, Monday, Feb. 19, 2007. He recovered the item from a search site on Gardner Island, now called Nikumaroro, in the Pacific where Earhart is believed to have gone down in 1937.
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 castaway in 1937. The photo shows the central lagoon and surf flowing over a flat reef on the shoreline where Earhart may have crash-landed after missing her planned destination.
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.
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 in 1977 matches the thickness and curvature of the Lockheed Electra windows.
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.