AMELIA EARHART SEARCH GETS BOOST FROM
SECRETARY OF STATE
March 20, 2012:
March 20th, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted a public event to celebrate the achievements of Kansas pioneer aviator Amelia Earhart, "...and the United States’ ties to our Pacific neighbors."
Apparently implied was State Dept. encouragement for searchers planning an expedition to find the remains of Earhart's last flight -- her 1937 round-the -world flight attempt, with navigator Fred Noonan, in a Lockheed Electra. The search involves Americans operating throughout the island nations of the South Pacific, and the State Dept. event may have served as a way of smoothing the necessary international relations and connections.
This year is the 75th Anniversary of Earhart's ill-fated last flight, and
various groups have taken care to mark the occasion -- particularly
TIGHAR -- "The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery" -- an organization specializing in studying Earhart's disappearance. TIGHAR officlals and researchers -- and their consultant, Robert Ballard (discoverer of the wreckage of the Titanic) -- were guests at the State Dept. event, along with diplomats from various South Pacific island nations, including the foreign affairs secretary of the Republic of Kiribati -- the nation now ruling the island of Nakumaroro (Gardner Island)-- where searchers hope to focus their efforts.
When Earhart took off on her last flight, war clouds dimmed the future, while the country struggled with the Great Depression, said Secretary Clinton --
describing Earhart as “an unlikely heroine” who “gave people hope and... inspired them to dream bigger and bolder,"
adding "When she took off on that historic journey, she carried the aspirations of our entire country with her.”
Noting it was Women's History Month, Clinton remarked that, ever since childhood, she had admired -- and been inspired by -- Earhart, who, “when it was really hard, decided she was going to break all kinds of limits – social limits, gravity limits, distance limits.”
MORE... (with pictures, from Los Angeles Times)
U.S. State Dept. Press Releases:
U.S. Embassy & Ambassador to New Zealand & Samoa:
Amelia Earhart's Story...
(Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum,
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