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Cape Gazette CAPE LIFE FRIDAY, MARCH 2- MONDAY. MARCH 5. 2012 51 'What Really H ppened to Amelia Earhart?' to screen Richard E. Gillespie, executive director of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Re- covery, based in Wilmington, will present a program at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 3, at the Delaware Public Archives, titled "What Really Happened to Amelia Earhart?" 2012 marks the 75th anniversary of her disap- pearance. In 1937, Amelia Earhart set out to be the first person to circle the globe by air in the area close to the equator. On July 2, Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan failed to arrive as planned on Howland Island in the Central Pacific. Since that time. their dis- appearance has become one of the most baffling mysteries of the 20th century. At the time of her disappearance, Amelia Earhart was arguably the most famous woman of her generation and is. even today, certainly the most well-known woman aviator of all time. It is known that Amelia Earhart made at least one stop in Delaware, in March 1929, to con- sider purchasing a plane from the Bellanca Company based near New Castle. This program will reveal the findings this nonprofit group has uncovered since it inaugurated the Earhart Project in 1988. The group is dedicated to investigat- ing the Earhart-Noonan disap- pearance according to accepted academic standards and sound scientific methodology. Gillespie founded The Inter- national Group for Historic Air- craft Recovery in 1985 and has served as the executive director of TIGHAR since its inception. A former accident investigator and risk manager for the aviation in- surance industry, Gillespie is the author of the book, "Finding Amelia,- The True Story of the Earhart Disappearance." The program is free to the public. For more information, contact Tom Summers at 302- 744-5047 or email thomas.sum- mers@state.de.us. For more information about the Delaware Public Archives, go to archives.delaware.gov. The Delaware Public Archives is at 121 Duke of York St. in Dover. The Mabel Lloyd Ridgely Re- search Room is open to the pub- lic from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Mon- day to Friday. On the second Sat- urday of every month, the re- search room is open from 9 a.m. to 4fl5 p.m. SUBMITTED PHOTO STANDING BESmDE A BELLANCA CH-300 airplance at the Bellanca Airfield in New Castle are [I-r) pilots Elinor Smith, George Haldeman and Amelia Earhart. Smith set the 1929 solo endurance record for women, and Haldeman was the pilot for the first nonstop flight from New York to Cuba in 1929. Both feats were accom- plished in a Bellanca CH,300 airplane, Earhart visited the Bellanca Airfield in March 1929 to consider buying a Bellanca airplane. OPENING SPECIAL with any hair service with Mindy. New clients only, 20245 Bay Vista Road Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 302-727-5331 )m