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1937 - July 2 - Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappear after taking off from New Guinea during Earhart's attempt to become the first woman to fly around the world.



STARTED JUNE 1 ON WORLD HOP 'JUST FOR FUN'
First Attempt at Hazardous Trip Halted by Accident
SWITCHED DIRECTION
First Plan to Fly Westward Changed to Eastward Itinerary

WASHINGTON, July 2 (AP) - Amelia Earhart, the first woman ever to be presented withe the gold medal of the National Geographic Society, lifted her Lockheed Electra monoplane off a run-way at Miami, Fla., June 1, on the first leg of her projected flight around the world.

The flight, she had said, was being made "just for fun..."

Accompanying her as navigator was Capt. Fred Noonan...

Reading Times
Reading, Pennsylvania
July 3, 1937

AMELIA EARHART IS DOWN IN PACIFIC
Overshoots Tiny Island on Daring Pacific Hop
Gas Supply Gives Out, Aviatrix and Noonan Forced Down Near Howland Island
HONOLULU (AP) - Search for Amelia Earhart and her navigator was begun Friday by the coast guard cutter Itasca, only vessel within several hundred miles of tiny Howland Island where the aviatrix was long overdue on a daring flight across the South Pacific.

The cutter, stationed at Howland to assist the fliers as they arrive after a 2,570 mile flight from Lae, New Guinea, set out at 2 p.m. (6:30 p.m. Central Standard Time) to hunt the missing plane, the last message from which six hours previously reported only a 30-minute fuel supply.

Coast guardsmen here expressed belief aviation's first lady and her companion had overshot the minute island and landed somewhere in the vast mid-Pacific region far removed from regular shipping lanes.

Officers of the Itasca said they believed glare from a "rising sun" toward which the plane was headed, may have blinded the fliers so they overshot the island.

Believed Near Howland Island
They expressed belief the plane was within a radius of 100 miles of Howland...

 
Valley Morning Star
Harlingen, Texas
July 3, 1937


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