Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Celebrates Amelia Earhart’s Birthday

Visitors enjoyed a famous aviatrix’s birthday party today at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor with cake, juice, an “Amelia Earhart in Hawaii” photo exhibit to view, picture-taking with an Amelia Earhart impersonator who was also on hand to help instruct the Museum’s “Flight School for Girls” that is in progress through the summer.

Today would have been Earhart’s 115th birthday. Born July 24, 1897, she has a special connection with the Museum as she ground looped her plane near the Museum on Luke Field on take off, preventing her initial round-the-world flight attempt. Seventy-five years ago, she took a leave of absence from her Purdue University job, hopped in her Purdue-funded “Flying Laboratory” and jetted around the globe. Then she disappeared.

Google’s doodle honors Earhart with a drawing of her climbing into her Lockheed Vega 5B plane, which is housed at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. She set numerous aviation records, including being the first person to fly solo across both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

The latest expedition that hoped to find the wreckage from her final flight ended yesterday without conclusive proof of her last days.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, located at 319 Lexington Boulevard, Historic Ford Island, Honolulu, Hawaii is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization which depends on the membership and support from donations. To join, volunteer or support, visit www.PacificAviationMuseum.org.

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