Google has celebrated the 115th birthday of Amelia Mary Earhart - was a noted American aviation pioneer – who went missing over the South Pacific 75 years ago.
According to Wikipedia; during an attempt to make a circum-navigational flight of the globe in 1937 in a Purdue-funded Lockheed Model 10 Electra, Earhart disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island. Fascination with her life, career and disappearance continues to this day.
Earlier this July a $2.2 million expedition was started hoping to finally solve one of America's most enduring mysteries: What exactly happened to famed aviatorwhen she went missing over the South Pacific 75 years ago?
Earhart was the first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for this record. She set many other records, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences and was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots.
Earhart joined the faculty of the Purdue University aviation department in 1935 as a visiting faculty member to counsel women on careers and help inspire others with her love for aviation. She was also a member of the National Woman's Party, and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment.