Google Doodle Honors Amelia Earhart’s 115th Birthday
After disappearing over the Pacific Ocean 75 years ago, pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart has finally been found on Google’s homepage. The search engine honored the pilot with a nifty Doodle today on what would have been her 115th birthday.
Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan vanished in 1937 while flying from New Guinea to Howland Island, an uninhabited coral island almost halfway between Hawaii and Australia. The trip was Earhart’s attempt to become the first woman to fly around the world. No trace of them was ever found.
In fact, a $2.2 million expedition led by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery returned to Hawaii yesterday after failing to find the wreckage of Earhart’s Lockheed Model 10 Electra aircraft. Still, they remain hopeful that the plane will be recovered and are planning to scour the area again next year.
The group thinks that Earhart and Noonan landed on a reef near the Kiribati atoll of Nikumaroro and survived for a short time. Artifacts have been discovered on the island that could have belonged to them and a blurry photo from October 1937 shows what some think is a strut and wheel from landing gear.
Will the mystery ever be solved? What are your theories?