On July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan were reported to have gone missing over the Central Pacific Ocean during their attempt to fly around the globe. However, a photographic image—recently rediscovered in the National Archives—may dispute that long-held belief. According to Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence, produced by HISTORY, this image may prove that Earhart and Noonan actually survived.
On January 11 and 12, 1935, Earhart became the first aviator to fly solo from Honolulu, Hawaii to Oakland, California. A little more than a month later, she was in Chicago and presented a lecture on February 15 at Orchestra Hall entitled, “My Pacific Flight.”
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Image above: Newly rediscovered image of what may be Fred Noonan and Amelia Earhart on a dock in the Marshall Islands (National Archives photo)