From then on, she continued to set and break her own speed and distance records, in competitive events, as well as personal stunts promoted by her husband George Palmer Putnam.
Earhart's name became a household word in 1932 when she became the first woman--and second person--to fly solo across the Atlantic, on the fifth anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's feat, flying a Lockheed Vega from Harbor Grace, Newfoundland to Londonderry, Ireland.
The mystery of what happened to Amelia Earhart has consumed historians, conspiracy theorists, and the general public for generations, and new forensic research may put us one step closer to learning the truth.
Richard Jantz, emeritus professor and director of the University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropology Center, re-examined data from remains found on the island of Nikumaroro in 1940 and concluded in a study published in the journal the bones were “likely those of Amelia Earhart.”Earhart was the first female pilot to successfully fly solo across the Atlantic.
When her plane mysteriously disappeared attempting to cross the Pacific in 1937 with navigator Fred Noonan, many assumed the duo crashed in the middle of the ocean and were lost at sea.
TIGHAR analyzed nearly 60 other reception reports made in the wake of Earhart’s failure to arrive on Howland Island.
The vast majority, TIGHAR said, came from government or commercial operators as well as “licensed amateurs” working for the US Interior Department on Howland and Baker Islands, listening on Earhart’s primary, harmonically related frequencies of 3,105 and 6,210 k Hz.
In July 1937, a young teenager named Betty Klenck, listening to short-wave bands on her family’s radio, intercepted and transcribed pleas for help that TIGHAR calls “a remarkable record of perhaps the last communication” from Earhart and Noonan and “leave little doubt” that the 15-year-old heard a genuine distress call from the pair, transmitted from the aircraft Electra.
Klenck’s notebook, discovered in 2000, inspired TIGHAR’s effort to catalog all reception reports.