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- For the Other named Amelia, see Amelia
Amelia Mary Earhart (24 July 1897 – missing 2 July 1937, declared deceased 5 January 1939) was a famous American aviator and the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Lost has made several allusions to her.
In 1937 she engaged in an attempt to fly across the world, but on July 2 of that year, she and her navigator Fred Noonan disappeared in the Pacific. Her remains have never been officially confirmed to have been found, but she was officially declared dead on January 5 of 1939.
The news report
In chapter 2 of the Alternate Reality Game Find 815, Sam Thomas discovers a transistor radio in his cabin on board the Christiane I. When he turns it on, he hears what appears to be a contemporary news broadcast from 1937, talking about the search for Earhart as if she had disappeared recently. It lasted only a short time before he lost the signal. (Find 815 clues/January 9)
[male voice] "...And in news just ahead, it has been reported that all communications with aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart have been lost. Miss Earhart was en route from New Guinea to Howland Island as part of a daring round-the-world flight. A tireless advocate for the aeronautical industry, Miss Earhart was the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the first to cross it solo. She regarded aviation as a relatively safe form of travel that should be widely adapted. The last verified communication received by the United States Coast Guard was at 8:43AM today, and indicated that Miss Earhart's Lockheed Electra was low on fuel. A search is already underway by the Coast Guard. There are many reports from across the Pacific of communications picked up from Miss Earhart's plane, but these are yet to be authenticated [interference, end]..."
Puzzled by the broadcast, Sam sent an Email to the Broadcasting Authority, asking for confirmation if there had been any radio documentaries broadcast on Amelia Earhart's disappearance. Phil Alston of the Broadcasting Authority answered him that they had no record in their files of the transmission. Additionally, they had no record of any scheduled news reports or documentaries broadcast on this subject in recent months in the area of the authority. However, he mentioned that they knew that amateur radio enthusiasts broadcast a wide range of material, some of which included historical recordings. He concluded that this was the most likely explanation for what Sam overheard. (Find 815 clues/January 10)
In the show
- Richard Alpert takes Juliet to a private airport named Herarat Aviation. Herarat is an anagram for "Earhart". ("One of Us")
- In the alternate timeline, Sawyer calls Cindy Chandler 'Earhart'. ("LA X, Part 1")
- According to a website that listed notable planes and ships that had been lost in the Sunda Trench since 1566, a pilot involved in the 1937 search for Earhart disappeared off coast of Sumatra. (Find 815 clues/January 8).
- In "A Tale of Two Cities", an elderly Other named Amelia appears. Considering that many of the names on Lost have a deeper meaning (for example, Locke, Danielle Rousseau, Desmond Hume, Richard Alpert and Mikhail Bakunin are all named for famous philosophers), a possible inspiration for her name is Amelia Earhart.
- A female skeleton was found on Nikumaroro (then named Gardner Island) in 1941. Later investigations, conducted over the following decades (including a recent expedition in 2007) turned up evidence that this might actually be the remains of Amelia Earhart. This tale may have inspired the writers of Lost. (The Island/Theories)
- For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: Amelia Earhart/Theories
- Is there a further connection between Earhart and 'Lost'?