July 2, 2012 marks the 75th anniversary of the disappearance of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart during her round-the-world flight. Despite countless investigations into the disappearance and presumed plane crash, the mystery of what happened to Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan somewhere over the South Pacific has never been solved. In July, The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) will launch a new search for Earhart’s Lockheed Electra 10E.
Experts with the USC Aviation Safety and Security Program have personal knowledge about Earhart’s fated last flight, including direct experience with efforts to recover the missing aircraft. Established just 15 years after Earhart’s disappearance, the program was the first aviation safety program started at a major research university.