On Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that the U.S. has given the green light to renew the search for Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Electra plane, which disappeared over the Pacific Ocean as she attempted to circumnavigate the globe. This year marks the 75th anniversary of Earhart's fateful voyage.
Clinton's remarks came during a ceremony to celebrate the United States' ties to its Pacific neighbors. In this case, the Pacific neighbor in question is Kiribati, the nation that lays claim to the uninhabited island of Nikumaroror, which is where, according to new photo clues, Earhart's plane may have crashed. The announcement also coincides with Women's History Month, which is celebrated during March.
Joining the U.S. government in the mission to search for the plane wreckage will be Robert Ballard, the oceanographer who discovered the wreckage of the Titanic; The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery; and The Discovery Channel, which will film the search for the plane.
Before Amelia Earhart set out to fly around the world, she set two flying records. In 1932, she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and, later that year, the first woman to fly non-stop across the United States. Her plane was a gorgeous, red Lockheed Vega 5B (pictured above), which is on display as part of the permanent collection of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.
Photo of Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Vega 5B courtesy of The National Air and Space Museum