Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Amelia Earhart Day

Amelia Earhart Day is celebrated every year on July 24 and honors a famous aviation pioneer. Amelia Earhart broke many early aviation records.

Legend and mystery surrounds the final flight and disappearance of Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan. They were on a record setting attempt to fly around the world, when they became lost in the Pacific Ocean. On July 2, 1937, they headed on a difficult leg of the journey towards Howell Island in the Pacific. Weather conditions were less than ideal. While still in radio communication, ships on the ground confirmed that Earhart was having difficulty finding the island. Ultimately, radio communications faded and died. The plane was never heard from again.

The disappearance of Amelia Earhart's plane resulted in the largest search and rescue operation to date. It also sparked rumors as to what caused the disappearance. To this day, theories and speculation still exists about the cause of the disappearance. Some theories involve conspiracies, and even alien abductions.

Check out these books (and DVD) about Amelia Earhart:

Amelia (Motion picture : 2009) (Clemens Library TL540.E3 B37 2010)
Amelia Earhart’s shoes: is the mystery solved? (Clemens Library TL540.E3 A74 2001)
Amelia Earhart: the final story byVincent V. Loomis with Jeffrey L. Ethell (Clemens Library TL540.E3 L66 1985)
Letters from Amelia, 1901-1937 Edited by Jean L. Backus (Clemens Library TL540.E3 A4 1982)

More online sites about her can be found at:

Amelia Earhart Day
The Official Website of Amelia Earhart


1 comment:

QPT said...

Google honoring Amelia Earhart an American aviation pioneer on her 115th Birthday with special doodle.