The world’s most famous female pilot is back in the news today. Discovery News broke a story today that a piece of Amelia Earhart’s mysteriously vanished plane was identified. Amelia Earhart and her co-pilot were last heard from while flying over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937. They were in the final leg of the world record attempt, circling the globe at the equator.
This original infographic charts the inspired and ultimately tragic life of Earhart as she paved the way for the growing empowerment of women, as well as the emerging aviation industry. It’s easy to think of how common we jump on a plane or look up directions on a smartphone, but in the early part of the 20th century, navigation, communication, and reliable aircraft were beyond luxuries; they were still being invented.
Today’s announcement of research results appears to suggest that a section of of aluminum debris found in 1991 on Nikumaroro, an uninhabited atoll in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati, was once fastened onto Earhart’s aircraft, a Lockheed Electra.
The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), has spent a near-fortune, and decades of time looking for more conclusive information of Earhart’s final flight. Their research indicates that the recovered patch of metal was installed on Earhart’s Electra during an eight-day stopover in Miami. The thin sheet of aluminum replaced a navigationa window: A Miami Herald photo dated June 1st, 1937, shows the Earhart’s plane departing for Puerto Rico with a shiny patch of metal where the window had been.
Since her mysterious disappearance, experts around the world have looked for answers as to the final fate of Amelia Earhart. The infographic below reveals that although her life ended in tragedy, Amelia Earhart deserved her place on the forefront of world aviation history. From her humble beginnings in Atchinson, Kansas to her brilliant efforts as a pioneer of aviation, below is our account of a life that captured the spirit of fearless adventure.