The fate of infamous explorer Amelia Earhart is still being sought by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR). Beginning in August 2014 and estimated to cost $3 million, the expedition will use two manned submersibles to search the depths of the ocean around the western end of Nikumaroro in the Pacific. Executive Director Ric Gillespie said:
“Live searching by three people aboard each sub looking at wide vistas illuminated by powerful lights is far superior to searching by looking remotely via the toilet-paper tube view provided by a video camera on an ROV.”
Amelia Earhart, or ‘Lady Lindy’, had produced more aerial accomplishments than any female pilot in history. She had already crossed the Gulf of Mexico and flown the Atlantic alone. But on July 2, 1937, while flying what she described to a close friend as ‘her last flight’, the 2,556 mile, last leg of a trek around the world ended mysteriously and she was never seen again.