HONOLULU, Hawaii (AFP)
Earhart was flying with navigator Fred Noonan during the final
stage of an ambitious round-the-world flight along the equator at
the time that her plane disappeared.
The holder of several aeronautical records -- including the first
woman to cross the Atlantic by air -- Earhart had set off from
New Guinea to refuel at Howland Island for a final long-distance
hop to California.
In what turned out to be her final radio message, she declared
she was unable to find Howland and that fuel was running low.
Several search-and-rescue missions ordered by then-president
Franklin Roosevelt turned up no trace of Earhart or Noonan, who
were eventually presumed dead at sea.