Mystery and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart.
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Earhart expedition team says video possibly shows debris from Earhart's plane
Pieces of Amelia Earhart's plane may have been located of the waters off Nikumaroro island, according to a preliminary review of HD video taken at the uninhabited coral atoll theorized to be Earhart's final resting place. Carried out by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), which has long been investigating the last flight taken by Earhart, the underwater search started on July 12 and relied on a torpedo-shaped Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) and a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV). The AUV collected a volume of multi-beam and side-scan data, while the ROV produced hours upon hours of high-definition video.
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Video: New analysis of a photo seem to show a part of Amelia Earhart's plane on the island of Nikumaroro
Video: New analysis of a photograph seem to show a part of Amelia Earhart's plane on the island of Nikumaroro.
Amelia Earhart case: Bone - found alongside 1930s items on Pacific atoll of Nikumaroro - to undergo DNA tests
Researchers from The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (Tighar) have found what seems to be a phalanx from a finger alongside a group of items from the 1930s on the Pacific atoll of Nikumaroro. The discoveries support the theory that Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, endured lingering deaths as castaways on a desert island and were eventually eaten by crabs. The found items include: part of a mirror from a woman's compact, a zip from a Pennsylvania factory, travel-sized bottles made in New Jersey, and a pocket knife listed on the aircraft's inventory.
DNA evidence on a remote island may reveal the truth about Amelia Earhart's disappearance
Aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared in 1937, creating one of the biggest aviation mysteries. Now the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (Tighar) is planning to recover DNA evidence that would prove Earhart had been stranded on Nikumaroro Island (Gardner Island) before dying there. During May and June 2010 Tighar will launch a new $500,000 expedition, continuing the archaeological excavation it has been doing on the island since 2001. A woman related to Earhart agreed to provide the team, lead by Ric Gillespie, with a reference DNA, which will be compared with DNA extracted from the items discovered on the island.
July 2, 1937: American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart Vanishes Over the Pacific
1937: At 8:43 a.m. the Coast Guard cutter Itasca, off Howland Island, picks up faint transmission from Amelia Earhart: "KHAQQ calling Itasca. We must be on you but cannot see you -- but gas is running low…." She vanishes along with her navigator Fred Noonan, into the Central Pacific. The disappearance remains perhaps the most-talked unsolved mystery in aviation history. In the age of Charles Lindbergh and other daredevil fliers, Amelia Earhart became a household name in 1928. Although fellow pilots ranked her as no better than competent, she used her femininity and her fierce devotion to flying into a celebrity.
Zipper pull and other artifacts found on Nikumaroro linked to Amelia Earhart?
Amelia Earhart set off a mystery when she vanished over the Pacific in 1937. TIGHAR (The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery) members found a small brass zipper pull during their 3 week scouring of Nikumaroro (formerly Gardner Island) in 2007. Members speculate that the plane crashed on or near the island and that Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan spent their final days there. The zipper pull is one of many artifacts collected from the island. "Now we have this site on the island that is producing artifacts that speak of an American woman in her 30s, and the only one missing out there is her," said said Ric Gillespie.
Historic World War II photos of Saipan unearthed - Amelia Earhart tip?
Staff Sergeant Raymond H. Hagley of the 73rd Bombardment Wing of the 20th Air Force took the slide photos while at Isley Field on Saipan in 1944-1945. The restored Kodachrome slides are remarkable in color and content, showing details of the island rarely seen. Aside from its significance as a strategic air base, Saipan might hold the key to solving the mystery of aviatrix Amelia Earhart. One theory is that Earhart was held captive by the Japanese. Several eyewitness accounts had Earhart's Lockheed Electra hidden somewhere on the island. But no airplane hangars were thought to exist, but one of color slides shows a hangar on the island.