Amelia Earhart and Sally Ride: Flying Pioneers

By Barbara O'Dair

One day after the announcement that Sally Ride, the first woman astronaut in space, had died, there was news about another pioneering flying woman: Amelia Earhart, who would be 115 today and who disappeared over the Pacific 75 years ago this month.

If only the newsflash solved one of the 20th century’s most enduring mysteries of what happened to Earhart when her signal was lost on that final flight. Unfortunately, though, the latest mission to her presumed crash site, a tiny Pacific atoll—to the tune of $2.2 million of private funding—has turned up nothing conclusive. Earhart acolytes will have to make do with a doodle from Google; the search engine honored her birthday with the famed aviator standing by the plane that made her famous, a Lockheed Vega 5b.

Photograph via the Associated Press