The State Department, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood welcomed historians and scientists from The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery. The group is launching a new deep sea search for the wreckage of Earhart's plane. Clinton says it's important to keep preserve Earhart's legacy.
"It has been 75 years since she set out in that twin engine Lockeed electric to be the first pilot, man or woman, to fly around the world along the longest equatorial route. Her legacy resonates today for anyone, girls and boys, who dreams of the stars."
The privately-funded effort is expected to begin in June. The exploration will be filmed for TV.