Famed aviator Amelia Earhart vanished 75 years ago today, and on Tuesday a $2-million expedition headed by a Delaware man leaves Honolulu with high hopes of finally solving the mystery.
Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, was trying to be become the first female pilot to circle the globe when her Lockheed Electra lost radio contact over the Pacific.
Following a clue in an old photograph, searchers will use a high-tech unmanned mini-sub to try to locate what appeared to be landing gear once visible in waters off a remote, now-uninhabited island.
The tantalizing photograph, along with previous evidence, elicited enthusiasm from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, famed explorer Robert Ballard and others earlier this year. The Discovery Channel will be filming the expedition, hoping to record history.