86 years ago, the Lockheed Electra 10 carrying famed aviator Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared in the Pacific while searching for Howland Island; Amelia was nearing the end of her around-the-world flight at the equator. The fliers were never located, and no trace of the Electra has ever been found; many theories exist about the fate of Earhart and Noonan.
It would be nice to finally have closure about what happened on July 2, 1937; however, the disappearance should not overshadow the life and a long list of accomplishments of both pilot and navigator. Today is one of remembrance for two people who set out to prove to the world to dream big and never give up.
Fred Noonan was one of the leading pioneering aerial navigators, helping to open the Pacific for air travel. Although Fred may be known as Amelia's navigator, his contributions to aviation extend beyond that and should not be forgotten.
Amelia Earhart is, and always will be, a symbol of hope, courage, determination, and adventure. She was one hell of a woman who will continue to live on in the hearts and minds of those who dare to dream big and find their own adventures!
Amelia and her Lockheed Electra
Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan