It’s August 2018, and divers with Project Blue Angel are exploring an intriguing wreckage off Papua New Guinea’s Buka Island. The team have been hunting for the crashed plane of Amelia Earhart, who disappeared in mysterious circumstances while trying to circumnavigate the world in 1937. And in the decades since, no confirmed trace of the pioneering pilot or her craft has ever been found. But is this new find really what the divers have been searching for?
We’ll get back to that 2018 discovery later, but first let’s find out more about Amelia. She entered the world in July 1897 in her grandfather’s house in Atchison, Kansas. And her mother’s father, Alfred Otis, had once been a federal judge; at that time, however, he was president of a local savings bank.
Amelia’s father, meanwhile, was Edwin Earhart, and her mother was also named Amelia – although she was known as Amy. The young girl had one sibling, too: Grace Muriel, who was a couple of years her junior. Plus, it seems that Amy had her own views on child rearing, as she let her two daughter wear bloomers instead of dresses – thus giving them both more freedom as they explored the area around their home.