New Amelia Earhart Search May Finally Solve My Lifelong Obsession

Rebecca Stokes | Oct 17, 2013 Breaking

Amelia EarhartWhen famous aviator Amelia Earhart vanished while attempting a flight around the globe, she disappeared into infamy. She and her navigator Frank Noonan would become legends about whom theories would be bandied for decades to come. While there is no definitive proof as to what happened to the two travelers, curiosity has never waned. I speak as one of the Earhart diehards.

Even when I was a little kid, I used to tool around in a pair of goggles and an oversized leather coat pretending I was the famous aviator! I maybe even claimed to be Amelia Earhart reincarnated. Indeed, I was a strange child. Proof I'm not alone in my fascination is news breaking today that the next chapter in the hunt for evidence as to what happened to them is set to begin in 2014. 

A mission helmed by the University of Hawaii and The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) will use sonar technology and two submarines to follow new clues that could lead to the discovery of Earhart's crashed plane. I don't know about you, but I'll be keeping tabs on the search with bated breath.

But the question is, why are we all still so obsessed about a mystery that took place in 1937? Amelia Earhart's personality, her perseverance, and her innovation in a field predominately the provenance of men are just parts of what make the unsolved flight so fascinating.

We've put together a slideshow of 5 reasons why we're all still so obsessed with Amelia. Give it a looksee, and if you weren't way into the broad before you started reading, you'll be googling like crazy once you're done. I guarantee it.


  • Because We Want a Movie Sequel


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    There have been so many movies made about the woman. Since Amelia is a feminist icon of sorts, the role of the aviator has attracted several fabulous and strong women. Among them, Diane Keaton and most recently Hilary Swank. If she was found, we'd get a sequel!

  • She Was So Stylish


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    Amelia was a woman way ahead of her times in so many ways. She was a figure who inspired a lot of scrutiny. The fact that in addition to being ballsy she was also incredibly stylish certainly didn't hurt.

  • Are There Island Adventures?


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    One of the many working theories is that prior to her death, Amelia lived as a castaway on a small Pacific island. If this is true, and it can be confirmed, this means Amelia Earhart had island adventures -- let the amazing speculation begin in earnest.

  • Because She's Inspiring


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    It's easy to forget just how brave Amelia was. To take to the skies when it was still a relatively perilous adventure takes some serious ovaries. Most of the time, I get nervous having to even meet new people. Amelia's strength should inspire us all to greater heights -- metaphorically, I'm not saying we should all go fly planes or anything.

  • Because We Still Have So Many Questions


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    Like any mystery, the resolution is key. While there are still many things that could have happened, "could have" is very different than "did." Finding evidence of the wreckage could provide the ending to the story we all crave.

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