Amelia Earhart: Why she should be remembered for much more than her mysterious disappearance.

In 1960 an old US coastguard told a curious reporter a tale he had heard some 14 years before on the Pacific island of Nikumaroro

Not long after the island was first settled in 1938, said Floyd Kilts, a local man was walking by the shore: “There in the brush about 5ft feet from the shoreline he saw a skeleton. What attracted him to it were the shoes. Women’s shoes, American kind…”

Was this, the old coastguard wondered, the key to what really happened to Amelia Earhart , the aviation pioneer who had disappeared in 1937 while attempting to become the first woman to fly around the world?

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