Lady Lindy: What Really Happened?

More than seven decades after her disappearance, aviatrix Amelia Earhart continues to inspire and intrigue students and adults – including the students of Mrs. Naveh’s reading class students.

Charles Lindberg was dubbed “Lucky Lindy” after becoming the first person to fly solo, non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927. Amelia Earhart, who became known as “Lady Lindy,” was the first woman (and second person after Lindbergh) to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean – a notable achievement for anyone but especially for a woman at the time.

But Earhart was not satisfied and became determined to be the first pilot ever to circumnavigate the globe. In 1937, accompanied by her navigator Fred Noonan, Amelia Earhart took off from Oakland, California, flew to Miami, then down to South America, across the Atlantic to Africa, then east to India and Southeast Asia. The final stretch of their ‘round-the-world flight included a stop on a tiny island in the Pacific Ocean for refueling; but the pair never arrived or were heard from again.

Numerous theories abound regarding the disappearance, ranging from the duo crashing and sinking in the Pacific Ocean, to becoming castaways on a Pacific island, to becoming captured by the Japanese.

Mrs. Naveh’s students, as part of their consideration of Amelia Earhart’s life and achievements, considered various theories related to her disappearance—even creating LEGO builds to depict the theories. While their conclusions were as mixed as the rest of the world’s, it offered an exercise in evaluating claims, their sources and evidence.

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