Amelia Earhart, the first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and attempt a circumnavigational flight of the globe, leading to her disappearance in 1937 over the central Pacific Ocean, has been honored today on what would be her 115th birthday, by the Google doodle.

Today's Google logo features a replica of Earhart's majestic airplane with "GOOGLE" spelled out across the bottom wingspan, where the plane identification number once appeared. The two "O"s in the "GOOGLE" name are represented by the front engine of the aircraft and the windblown swoop of Earhart's yellow scarf.

Earhart, who disappeared 75 years ago on July 2, had not yet celebrated her 40th birthday. Today she would turn 115. Earhart was officially declared dead on January 5, 1939, 17 months after her disappearance. The event of Earhart vanishing without a trace shook her fans everywhere, as Earhart was already a living icon of her day.

The mystery surrounding her disappearance, along with that of her navigator, Fred Noonan, has grown over the years, but to no avail. The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, or TIGHAR, has recently been conducting a revitalized search for any remains of Earhart's craft in a project they call the "Earhart puzzle." Unfortunately, however, the expedition is causing "more questions than answers," reports SearchEngineLand.com.

In 2009, director Mira Nair came out with the biographical Amelia, in which Hilary Swank played Earhart, Richard Gere portrayed her husband George Putnam, and Christopher Eccleston played Noonan.

Check out the Google doodle here:

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2 Comments

  • christopherclarke
    christopherclarke on

    You know you're big time when you get a google doodle

  • DouglasWestfall
    DouglasWestfall on

    Well, she's not there on that island, so where do we go from here?
    The ten Steps to where's Amelia.

    Amelia's Lockheed Electra was within 75 miles of her target Howland Island when her radio cut out. The US sent nine ships, 66 aircraft, and well over 3,000 sailors and airmen. They covered well over 250,000 sq. miles of open sea and every island within a 650 mile radius of Howland.

    Step 1
    US CGC Itasca Chief Radioman Leo Bellarts 30, was on watch that morning and said: "In the early morning, signals came in pretty good. I actually did go outside and stand right out the radio shack and thought I would hear a motor any second. Her voice was loud and clear; sounded frantic on her last transmission. Then it cut off."

    Step 2
    Itasca's Associated Press Newsman James Carey 23, was on the search and wrote: "At 10:37 am, the radios are going full blast. The Itasca set off full speed ahead to search the northwest quadrant off Howland as the probable location of Earhart if the plane were afloat or rubber float were used. All morning nothing was seen."

    Amelia Earhart was an American heroine, a record-breaking aviatrix, and a celebrity world wide; but Earhart was not a spy — she was a decoy.

    Taken from, The Hunt For Amelia Earhart
    Douglas Westfall, historic publisher, Specialbooks.com

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