SEATTLE—It's one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th century: What happened to Amelia Earhart? The famed pilot took off on what was to be the second to last leg of her around-the-world flight on July 2, 1937... and she was never heard from again.
Theories and stories abound on what her fate may have been, but David Bellarts knows a thing or two more about how her final moments piloting that plane played out. His father, Leo Bellarts, was the chief radioman on board the Coast Guard Cutter Itasca... the last man to have spoken to her before losing contact forever.
Watch the video above to learn what her last words on the radio transmission really were... and what David and his father Leo think is the most likely explanation for how she disappeared.
To learn more about Amelia Earhart and other notable women in aviation, head to the Museum of Flight in Seattle to visit their upcoming exhibit, Chasing Horizons: Women in Aerospace, beginning July 10th. Click on the link for more.