On July 2, 1937, pilot Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, communicated with the U.S. Coast Guard for the last time before they were lost at sea. In March 1937, Earhart and Noonan left Oakland, California, on what would have been the longest flight around the world: 46,670 kilometers (29,000 miles) along the Equator.

On July 2, Earhart and Noonan were trying to fly from Lae, New Guinea, to Howland Island, a small island in the middle of the Pacific. The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Itasca was near Howland Island at the time. People on the ship were in contact with Earhart for more than six hours trying to help her land safely on the island, but they were not successful. Earhart, Noonan, and their plane were never found, but most researchers think the plane ran out of gas and crashed in the Pacific Ocean.


to exchange knowledge, thoughts, or feelings.


imaginary line around the Earth, another planet, or star running east-west, 0 degrees latitude.


person who charts a course or path.


person who steers a ship or aircraft.