Tuesday, July 3, 2012

More on Amelia Earhart Search

Following on from my blog post on Amelia Earhart - New Evidence, comes this article from Discovery News:

Components of Amelia Earhart's plane might have floated for weeks in the waters of an uninhabited island in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati, according to new analysis of a photograph taken three months after the disappearance of the glamorous aviator on July 2, 1937, during a record attempt to fly around the world at the equator.
Shot by British Colonial Service officer Eric R. Bevington in October 1937, during an expedition to assess the suitability for future settlement and colonization of Nikumaroro, a deserted island between Hawaii and Australia, the grainy photo has prompted a new expedition to find pieces of Earhart's long-lost Lockheed Electra aircraft.
"We will depart Honolulu on July 3rd aboard the University of Hawaii oceanographic research ship R/V Ka Imikai-O-Kanaloa. In about eight days we should get to Nikumaroro, where we will carry out a deep-water search for the wreckage," Ric Gillespie, executive director of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) , told Discovery News.

See also this from the Bunsen Burner

Exactly 75 years after Amelia Earhart departed on her final flight before disappearing somewhere over the Pacific, an expedition team is searching for the wreckage of her plane using new methods and pursuing new hypotheses.

Amelia Earhart, born in Kansas in 1897, is famous for being the first woman to complete a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. She also held a number of aviation speed records and played a major part in the formation of a professional women’s aviation group called the ninety-nines.On July 2 1937, near the end of a journey around the globe roughly following the equator, Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, departed from Papua, New Guinea. They were bound for Howland Island in their Lockheed Model 10 Electra aircraft. They were never seen again and no trace of the airplane has since been found.

1 comment:

QPT said...

Google honoring Amelia Earhart an American aviation pioneer on her 115th Birthday with special doodle.