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National Geographic Launches Expedition To Find Amelia Earhart

It was 80 years ago that aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean.

At the time, Earhart was arguably the second-most-famous and admired woman in the U.S. — behind only First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

A number of efforts to confirm what actually happened to Earhart have taken place over the decades, and progress has been made. And those have focused on an island called Nikumaroro in the southeast Pacific.

The newest expedition is being supported by the National Geographic Society and has brought forensic dogs into the mix. The dogs are exceptional at finding human remains.

To tell us more, we heard from Ric Gillespie. He is Executive Director of the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery.

Steve Goldstein was a host at KJZZ from 1997 to 2022.