80 years after American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart mysteriously disappeared over the Pacific Ocean, America and the world are still fascinated by her accomplishments and the events that led to her disappearance.
The Kansas native was inspired to pursue a career in aviation after a visit to an air fair hosted in Toronto, but it wasn't until 1920 when air racer Frank Hawks took Earhart on a life changing ride that she knew she "had to fly."
In the years that followed, Earhart took flying lessons and purchased her very first biplane, "The Canary." Not too long after, Earhart flew the plane to a record-setting altitude of 14,000 feet and was granted a pilot's license by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI).
The Queen of Air's record-breaking streak didn't end there. In 1932, she became the first woman to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic and three years later, she was the first aviator to fly solo from Hawaii to California. She also set 7 women's speed and distance records in those years and made it her life goal to complete a 29,000 miles round-the-world flight.
After 2 somewhat successful attempts to achieve her goal, on July 2, 1937, Earhart along with her navigator, Fred Noonan, took off in her Lockheed Electra from Papua New Guinea for her final leg of the world tour.
The pair was headed east towards Howland Island in the central Pacific Ocean when they vanished.
“Gas is running low. Have been unable to reach you by radio. We’re flying at 1,000 feet,” is believed to be Earhart's last words over a radio broadcast to the Coast Guard assisting her navigation.
Decades after she uttered those words, a new development has surfaced claiming that those were not her final words because she survived the crash-landing.
Click on the next page to find out what the new evidence is and how it may change history as we know it.