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  • The Search for Amelia Earhart

    Amelia Earhart smiles after landing at New Jersey's Newark Airport, Aug. 25, 1932. Earhart set the women's record for the fastest non-stop transcontinental flight, flying from Los Angeles to Newark in 19 hours and 5 minutes.
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    Amelia Earhart inflates a life raft as she checks out equipment from her Lockheed Electra plane while preparing for her attempt to fly around the globe, Jan. 1937.
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  • The Search for Amelia Earhart

    Amelia Earhart sits in the cockpit of an airplane in this undated image. Seventy-five years after Earhart's ill-fated attempt to become the first woman to fly around the world, the mystery of her disappearance over the Pacific endures.
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  • The Search for Amelia Earhart

    Amelia Earhart with fellow pilot Wilmer Stultz, left, and mechanic Louis Gordon wave to the crowd at New York's City Hall upon their return to the U.S. from their transatlantic flight. Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean in June 1928.
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    Amelia Earhart sits at the controls of an experimental glider before a flight at Lake Orion, Mich., in 1929.
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    President Herbert Hoover presents the National Geographic Society gold medal to Amelia Earhart in recognition of her continuous solo flight across the Atlantic, June 21, 1932. They're joined by, from left, Dr. Gilbert Grosvenor of the National Geographic Society, Earhart's husband George Putnam, John La Gorce of the National Geographic Society and first lady Lou Henry Hoover.
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  • The Search for Amelia Earhart

    Amelia Earhart and husband George Palmer Putnam are shown aboard the S.S. Ile de France as they approach New York during their return from Europe, June 20, 1932.
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  • The Search for Amelia Earhart

    Amelia Earhart strides past her Lockheed Electra 10E in this 1937 photo. Built to her specifications, Earhart called the airplane her "flying laboratory."
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  • The Search for Amelia Earhart

    Amelia Earhart poses days before her first attempt to circumnavigate the globe with her crew and support staff, from left, pilot and technical advisor Paul Mantz, Capt. Harry Manning and navigator Fred Noonan, in Oakland, Calif., March 17, 1937. The attempt was aborted after the Earhart's plane crashed on takeoff in Hawaii and had to undergo repairs. Her second and last attempt began on June 1.
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  • The Search for Amelia Earhart

    Amelia Earhart is entertained by Walter Foote, American consul-general in Batavia, Indonesia, June 12, 1937, following her arrival during her round-the-world flight attempt. Earhart's subsequent stop at Lae, New Guinea, was the last time she was seen. She and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared en route to Howland Island on July 2, 1937.
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  • The Search for Amelia Earhart

    This 2010 photo provided by The International Group For Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) shows the uninhabited island of Nikumaroro in the South Pacific, where researchers say they found evidence that could help prove that famed aviator Amelia Earhart died as a castaway after failing in her quest to circumnavigate the globe.
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