Much has been reported about the mysterious disappearance of Amelia Earhart over the last few decades. This would include conspiracy theories that the aviation pioneer was taken captive by the Japanese, or the strange notion that her body may have been eaten by coconut crabs on the remote Nikumaroro island.
Recent speculation, however, has centered on a bold, albeit controversial, conjecture that Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, may have survived that crash landing in the Pacific Ocean in 1937. And it’s all in large part due to the newly-discovered photo of what appears to be Earhart, Noonan, and possibly the famous Lockheed Electra plane captured on a dock in the Pacific's Marshall Islands.
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Although the rumors quickly took flight after the airing of the History channel’s new documentary, Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence, on Sunday, July 9, we still have very little information to go on about what is thought to be Earhart’s final flight. Yet, based on a radio interview with NPR, we can accurately surmise what she enjoyed eating while flying across the ocean, and even what she packed for that ill-fated flight 80 years ago.
Hint: It involves the primary ingredient used to make several classic Southern dishes, including deviled eggs, potato salad, and egg salad. Yep, y'all guessed it. The most famous female pilot in aviation history couldn’t resist hard-boiled eggs.
Of course, she also snacked on chocolate squares, tomato juice, and raisins, too, but the hard-boiled eggs provided enough sustenance for Earhart to remain full, but not stuffed. Not to mention, the creamy-yolked favorites that she described in a log entry as “little clouds” were also easy to eat.
For her last and, ultimately, final journey to navigate the earth in 29,000 miles, Earhart boarded the Electra with only a few cans of tomato juice. In the same interview with NPR, Earhart said, “Tomato juice is my favorite 'working' beverage, and food too.” She added, “In colder weather, it may be heated and kept hot in a thermos."
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Rather than engage in the rumor mill of what happened to the Kansas native, we’d rather think of Earhart soaring in the sky, with her hard-boiled eggs and tomato juice in tow.