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March 20, 1937
July 2, 1937
|Pilot Amelia Mary Earhart (missing) Atchison, KS
Navigator Frederick Joseph "Fred" Noonan (missing)
Missing July 2, 1937
On May 21, 1937 pilot Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan departed on their second attempt to circumnavigate the world. This aircraft departed Oakland Airfield in California and flew to Burbank Airfield then eastward across the United States via Tucson, Arizona and New Orleans, Louisiana before arriving at Miami Airport. In Miami, she announced she would make her second attempt to circumnavigate the world.
The U.S. Navy (USN) joined the search which eventually involved the battleship USS Colorado (BB-45), USS Swan (AVP-7), USS Lexington CV-2 plus three escorting destroyers USS Cushing (DD-376), USS Lamson (DD-367) and USS Drayton (DD-366)
The Japanese oceanographic survey ship Koshu searched in the Marshall Islands. Some sources falsely claimed that Kamoi also participated in the search. Although briefly ordered, the vessel never participated in any search nor was it in area.
The official U.S. search for Earhart was abandoned on July 18, 1937 with no trace of the aircraft or crew found. The cost of the search was estimated by the press to be $4 million dollars and the effort was touted as the largest search and rescue operation ever mounted up to that time. In truth, the actual cost of the search in excess of routine fleet operations was never officially calculated, bur the 1927 search for French transatlantic fliers Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli involved more ships for a greater time over a larger area. Earhart, however, remains one of the most famous unsolved aircraft disappearances in the world.
Earhart has a memorial marker at Valhalla Memorial Park in North Hollywood, CA in the portal of the folded wings.
The disappearance of this Electra is one of aviation's greatest unsolved mysteries. Earhart's disappearance has spawned many Amelia Earhart myths and unsupported claims about her fate. None of these myths are true or substantiated and span many locations across the Pacific.
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