From the birthplace of RMS Titanic in Belfast
The Stratus Project is aiming to solve aviation’s greatest mystery – what happened to Amelia Earhart?
Shooting to fame in 1928 when she was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, Earhart’s greatest achievement came in 1932 when she flew the Atlantic solo, landing in a farmer’s field in Londonderry. By the time that she attempted to fly around the world at the equator in 1937 with her navigator Fred Noonan, she had become the most famous woman in the world.
After successfully completing 22,000 miles of the 27,000 mile trip she took off from Lae, New Guinea on 2nd July, her destination, Howland Island – a tiny sandspit in the Pacific Ocean, not 2 miles long. She never landed on Howland and her disappearance sparked the largest search for a missing person in history by the US navy up to that point. No trace of her, her Lockheed Electra aircraft, or her navigator Fred Noonan has ever been found.
Founded by Colin Cobb, operator of Titanic’s Dock and Pump-House in Belfast, where RMS Titanic was completed and the last place she sat on dry ground, the Stratus Project aims to conduct an underwater search in the Pacific Ocean to locate Amelia Earhart’s lost Lockheed Electra aircraft. By combining expert knowledge of celestial navigation and state of the art underwater technology, Stratus plans to solve the enduring mystery of history’s most famous aviatrix.
An Historic Location
We are very lucky at the Stratus Project to have such an historic home for our project. Titanic Quarter in Belfast is home to Harland and Wolff, once the largest shipyard in the world, of course most famous for being the birthplace of RMS Titanic. The iconic sites in Titanic Quarter provide a very fitting and inspirational backdrop to Stratus as it’s almost like one legend to another – Titanic to Amelia Earhart.
Take a look at the gallery below where you can see Titanic Quarter then and now.