The world's most famous female aviator disappeared in 1937, as she attempted to become the first woman to fly around the world. With her navigator, Fred Noonan, her Lockheed Electra was last heard from about 100 miles from the tiny Pacific atoll, Howland Island on July 2, 1937.
President Roosevelt authorized an immediate search; no trace was ever found.
Over the years, the disappearance of Amelia Earhart has spawned almost as many conspiracy theories as the Lindbergh Kidnapping and the Kennedy Assasination.
She achieved a number of aviation records:
* the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, in 1928
* the second person to fly solo across the Atlantic, in 1932
* the first person to solo from Hawaii to California, in 1935