When 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.
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!