It’s August 2018 and divers with Project Blue Angel are exploring an intriguing wreckage off Papua New Guinea’s Buka Island. They’re hunting for pioneering pilot Amelia Earhart’s crashed plane. She disappeared in mysterious circumstances while trying to circumnavigate the world in 1937, and no confirmed trace of her or her plane has ever been found. But have these divers at last located the remains of Amelia’s aircraft?
We’ll get back to that 2018 discovery later, but first let’s find out more about Amelia Mary Earhart. She was born in July 1897 in Atchison, Kansas, in her grandfather’s house. Her mother’s father, Alfred Otis, had been a federal judge and was president of a local savings bank.
Amelia’s father was Edwin Earhart and her mother was also Amelia, known as Amy. The former also had one sibling two years younger than her, Grace Muriel. Meanwhile, Amy had her own views on child rearing, and she let her two girls wear bloomers instead of dresses, giving them more freedom as they explored the area around their home.