July 24, 1897, Amelia Earhart has been an enigma since her disappearance 75 years ago.
As an introduction on a website dedicated to Earhart
, it is explained that when 10-year-old Amelia Mary Earhart saw her first plane at a state fair, she was not impressed. "It was a thing of rusty wire and wood and looked not at all interesting," she said.
apparently only became seriously interested in flying when she attended a stunt-flying exhibition, almost a decade later. Her website gives a fascinating insight into, and biography of, Amelia Earhart.
Earhart was famous in 1932, when she became the first woman to fly solo, non-stop across the Atlantic.
she is remembered most for her attempt to circumnavigate the globe. In July 1937, somewhere near Howland Island, an uninhabited coral island just north of the equator in the Pacific Ocean, her aircraft, the Electra disappeared. She had been due to land their as part of her trip from New Guinea.
recently reported that new technology may help to find Earhart's missing plane. However, a $2.2 million expedition to find the wreckage is currently returning from Hawaii having failed to find proof of Earhart's fate.
The mystery continues, and Google wishes Amelia Earhart a happy birthday in true Doodle style. The Google letters on the doodle take the place of the original registration number of the Lockheed Vega 5b - NR-7952 - painted below the wings of the aircraft.