1937 – Amelia Earhart makes her last radio transmission

At 8:43am local time, the last radio transmission definitely from Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan was received at Howland Island, Earhart’s intended destination that day.

Problematic conditions had led to the pair relying on radio navigation, but their radio contacts were sporadic and patchy. Although later transmissions were received, they were too weak to get a fix on or properly interpret. The two were never heard from again, and their plane’s wreckage has never been located. There are a number of theories regarding their disappearance, but the lack of crash evidence tends to support the idea that they crashed at sea and sank.

Referenced in:
Amelia Earhart – Freakwater
Someday We’ll Know – New Radicals
In Search of Amelia Earhart – Plainsong
True Story Of Amelia Earhart – Plainsong
Amelia Earhart’s Last Ride – Anne Feeney
Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight – Red River Dave

1939 – Amelia Earhart officially declared missing

Amelia Mary Earhart was the first woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross, which she was awarded as the first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She also set numerous other aviation records and wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences. She was was a pioneer for womenin aviation, and by extension, in other professions as well.

At the height of her fame, Earhart disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean in the vicinity of Howland Island. This disappearance occured during an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937, and has led to any number of theories as its cause. Earhart continues to inspire fascination and admiration, both for her life and career, and for her disappearance.

Referenced in:
Amelia Earhart – Freakwater
Someday We’ll Know – New Radicals
In Search of Amelia Earhart – Plainsong
True Story Of Amelia Earhart – Plainsong
Amelia Earhart’s Last Ride – Anne Feeney
Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight – Red River Dave