Earhart's final flight
On June 1, 1937, Amelia Earhart embarked on a mission to fly for the first time around the globe along the equator with her fellow navigator, Fred Noonan. The specially equipped plane, the Lockheed Electra L-10E was chosen for that dangerous, one of a kind flight. They took off from Miami with much fanfare and publicity. The plane flew forwards Central and South America, and then turned east to Africa. From there, they flew across the Indian Ocean and finally made a stop in Lae, New Guinea on June 29, 1937. About 22,000 miles of the entire journey had been covered. The remaining 7,000 miles were to be flown over the Pacific Ocean. Amelia's plan was to head to Howland Island, which was 2,556 miles away and situated between Hawaii and Australia. Earhart and Noonan set out from Lae on July 2, 1937 heading east towards Howland Island. From what is believed, a series of navigation mistakes and mechanical problems led to the disappearance of Earhart's plane the next day, July 3, 1937. People have proposed many theories, however, no one knows what exactly happened and what went wrong, and it remains an unsolved mystery to this day.