In 1937, Amelia Earhart embarked on her most ambitious adventure yet: the first equatorial circumnavigation of the globe by a woman. With navigator Fred Noonan by her side, she took off from Oakland, California in her Lockheed L-10E Electra named “Electra,” their sights set on a 29,000-mile journey spanning continents. Their route charted them through South America, Africa, Asia, and Oceania, tracing the Earth’s equator.
Tragically, the world flight never reached its conclusion. On July 2nd, 1937, somewhere near Howland Island in the vast Pacific, radio contact with Earhart and Noonan ceased. Despite extensive searches, no trace of them or their plane was ever found but that might be about to change.
Tony Romeo, a former USAF intelligence officer thinks he has found the missing plane. Deep Sea Vision, Romeo’s private exploration company has found wreckage 5000 meters below the surface distancing about 180 km from Howland Island. If the recovery of the wreckage is possible, it might give us a better picture of what happened during the trip.1
Meanwhile, flight simulator fans can get acquainted with the Lockheed Electra flown by Amelia Earhart. Aeroplane Heaven addon for MSFS actually features the modified long range version flown by Amelia.
- https://www.reuters.com/world/us/explorer-may-have-found-wreckage-amelia-earharts-plane-pacific-2024-01-31/ ↩︎