The story of Amelia Earhart is among the most enduring of American mysteries.  The groundbreaking female aviator who vanished some 80 years ago over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to circumnavigate the globe by plane has been the subject of numerous investigations and a great deal more speculation, but little is known conclusively about Earhart’s final hours of flight – or what, if anything, came for her thereafter.

Many people have speculated over the years that Earhart’s 1937 flight simply got lost and ran out of fuel before crashing into the ocean, never to be seen again.  Others have postulated that she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, may have survived the ordeal and made it onto an island, where they could have survived for days, or even weeks, before ultimately succumbing to starvation or dehydration.  There has been little evidence to point one way or the other, aside from small bits of wreckage and skeletal remains found over the years that some theorists use to support their arguments.

“Gas is running low,” Earhart said to a Coast Guard cutter that was assisting the two with their navigation. “Have been unable to reach you by radio. We’re flying at 1,000 feet.”

That was the last thing anyone ever saw or heard of the most famous woman on the planet at the time… or was it?