AIAA to host program on Earhart

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China Lake Section, will host a free program about Amelia Earhart on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Maturango Museum.

Jeff Scott, a local aerospace engineer who specializes in flight simulation analysis, will present “What Happened to Amelia Earhart,” based on his decade-long research on the facts surrounding the disappearance of the famed aviator.

His presentation will include an overview of her life and her attempt with navigator Fred Noonan to fly around the world in 1937.

The pair reportedly completed about three-quarters of their journey and were attempting a difficult leg to remote Howland Island in the Pacific Ocean. According to reports, they never arrived.

Now more than 80 years later, groups of investigators continue searching across the Central Pacific for evidence of the missing flyers, said Scott.

He described leading theories of Earhart’s and Noonan’s fate and the ongoing efforts to solve the mystery.

“Amelia Earhart was an icon of early aviation and the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic,” said Michael Petersen, chair of the local chapter of AIAA.

“She may have even passed through our valley to visit Lone Pine, an area she and her husband enjoyed and where he bought a house after Amelia’s loss.”

The program is free and open to the public.

Story First Published: 2019-01-25