Patt Morrison For March 23, 2012

The hunt for Amelia Earhart’s long lost Lockheed continues

Ameila Earhart With Airplane

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Amelia Earhart stands June 14, 1928 in front of her bi-plane called 'Friendship' in Newfoundland.

One of the greatest mysteries of modern American history centers on aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.

Though she disappeared somewhere over the South Pacific on July 2, 1937, there is still much interest and speculation surrounding the fate of Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan. To this day, neither body has been found, nor has the wreckage of her Lockheed Model 10 Electra.

But even after 75 years, evidence is still being discovered – new analysis of an old photo showing part of her plane has allowed researchers to narrow their search area from tens of thousands of square miles to a much smaller area. Armed with this information and led by an expert team of researchers (including Robert Ballard, the man who found the Titanic and the Bismarck), The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) will conduct a search of the Republic of Kiribati’s Nikumaroro island scheduled to begin in July.


So could this new piece of evidence finally put an end to the search? Might we finally have some conclusion to the Earhart mystery?


Ric Gillespie, executive director, The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR)

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