Amelia Earhart

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Amelia Earhart's Plane Found … in Old Romantic Comedy

It flew under the radar of Earhart experts for 80 years

(Newser) - The plane Amelia Earhart was flying when she disappeared over the Pacific has been discovered … in a 1936 Clark Gable film. Discovery News reports that researchers with the International Group of Historic Aircraft Recovery spotted Earhart's Lockheed Electra—given away by the registration number on its wing—in... More »

Book: Amelia Earhart Was a Spy, Lived to Be 86

Author builds on an old theory

(Newser) - On July 2, 1937, record-setting aviator Amelia Earhart, along with navigator Fred Noonan, likely ran out of fuel and crashed into the Pacific Ocean somewhere between New Guinea and California and disappeared forever, according to the Smithsonian . Not so, says writer WC Jameson. In Amelia Earhart: Beyond the Grave , out... More »

Amelia Earhart Search Crew Loses Its Final Member

Last of USS Lexington crew dies at 99

(Newser) - The last living crew member of the aircraft carrier that led the original hunt for Amelia Earhart died last month in California at the age of 99, only a few days shy of the 78th anniversary of the doomed search. The USS Lexington, on which Walter Kastner did administrative and... More »

Lost Film of Amelia Earhart Surfaces

Captures the smiling aviator before her 1937 departure from California

(Newser) - It was a clear spring day in 1937 when Amelia Earhart brought her personal photographer to a small Southern California airport to document the beginning of her 'round-the-world journey. Al Bresnik took dozens of still photos, including a few that have likely been seen by millions. His brother John,... More »

Indiana Trucking Company Owner Searching for Earhart

Rodney McDonald admits he doesn't really know much about Earhart

(Newser) - A 15-person team today begins a five-day, thousand-mile voyage from Fiji to the Pacific island of Nikumaroro, where it'll be searching both land and sea for traces of Amelia Earhart. WNDU profiles a perhaps surprising member of the TIGHAR team: a 40-year-old man from South Bend, Ind., who owns... More »

Teacher: I Was Given 'Key' to Earhart Mystery

Experts analyzing plane parts found on atoll in Marshall Islands

(Newser) - A $500,000 search operation will once again scour the Pacific island of Nikumaroro next month for signs of Amelia Earhart's plane. But if you ask Dick Spink, they're looking in the wrong place. Spink, a high school teacher from Washington state, has spent $50,000 searching for... More »

New Search for Earhart's Plane to Begin

TIGHAR will be back on Nikumaroro on June 13

(Newser) - TIGHAR will soon be at it again. The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery will return to the Pacific island of Nikumaroro next month as part of its search for signs of Amelia Earhart's plane. The group announced on its website that a 14-person team will set off... More »

Investigators: We've Got a Piece of Earhart's Plane

And it suggests she never crashed

(Newser) - A team investigating the disappearance of Amelia Earhart is reporting, with "increasing confidence," that it has managed to identify a piece of her plane that was retrieved in 1991. The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, or TIGHAR, says the part in question is a metal patch that... More »

Amelia Earhart Completes Namesake's Mission

Amelia Rose Earhart (no relation) flies around the world

(Newser) - Amelia Mary Earhart never finished her round-the-world flight—but another Amelia Earhart has done it in her place. Amelia Rose Earhart, who the AP notes isn't related to her namesake, has circumnavigated the globe in 16 days, the Telegraph reports. At 31, she's the youngest woman to fly... More »

Plane Photo May Offer Big Clue in Earhart Flight

Expert thinks he's spotted a repair on fuselage that provides link to crash-landing

(Newser) - Attention, Amelia Earhart buffs. The Miami Herald has an intriguing report about how a long-forgotten photo snapped before takeoff could prove that she crash-landed on a Pacific island. The photo, taken on a runway in Miami in 1937, shows a shiny rectangular patch on the side of the plane that... More »

Earhart's Wreckage Not Caught on Video, Say Experts

Court battle continues over donations to search

(Newser) - News from another, far older search for a missing plane: Experts yesterday filed court statements saying underwater video at the heart of a lawsuit doesn't show Amelia Earhart's plane after all, the AP reports. At the center of the saga, and suit, is the claim from a donor... More »

Search for Earhart's Plane to Resume

Group plans new Pacific expedition

(Newser) - The search is back on: The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery is returning to the Pacific island of Nikumaroro next year to hunt for wreckage from Amelia Earhart's plane, reports NBC News . TIGHAR has already undertaken several expeditions at the site, where it believes Earhart and navigator Fred... More »

Amelia Earhart Namesake Will Re-Create Her Flight

Amelia Rose Earhart, 30, takes off next summer

(Newser) - Amelia Earhart might complete her fateful route yet. In this case, however, it will be Amelia Rose Earhart, a Denver TV anchor and pilot who plans to re-create her namesake's route next summer, reports USA Today . The 30-year-old claims distant-relative status because she traced her own roots back to... More »

New Photos Resurrect Amelia Earhart Mystery

Lost images could prove she lived as castaway on Pacific island

(Newser) - The question of what happened to pilot Amelia Earhart when she disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 has long remained a mystery. But a box of photos recently uncovered in the archives of a New Zealand museum could hold the answer. Some researchers believe Earhart and her... More »

Group Found Earhart Plane, Kept It Quiet: Suit

TIGHAR rejects accusation

(Newser) - About two weeks ago, TIGHAR (that's the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery) announced that it may have spotted the location of Amelia Earhart's downed plane during a 2012 search. The most important part of that sentence, according to an angry donor, is the year: Timothy Mellon says... More »

Sonar Image May Show Earhart's Plane

Off island of Nikumaroro

(Newser) - A team of experts that has been chasing Amelia Earhart's elusive trail for years may be closer than ever to solving the mystery of her 1937 disappearance. The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) had more than a decade ago pinpointed the Pacific island of Nikumaroro as the... More »

Searchers Think They Found Amelia Earhart's Debris Field

HD pics show evidence of a manmade debris field on isolated island

(Newser) - Last month's search for Amelia Earhart's plane seemingly ended in failure , but forensic investigators now think they might have actually uncovered evidence of a plane wheel and landing gear, reports ABC News . The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) wasn't able to analyze its high definition... More »

Beset by Problems, Search for Earhart's Plane Ends

But researchers still believe the aviator crashed near Nikumaroro

(Newser) - The latest ambitious, expensive expedition to find Amelia Earhart's plane is returning to Hawaii, without the pictures of the plane researchers were hoping to obtain. "This is just sort of the way things are in this world," the president of the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery... More »

Search for Amelia Earhart Begins Off Hawaii

Latest expedition hopes to find concrete evidence of plane

(Newser) - Seventy-five years later, could the world finally learn the fate of Amelia Earhart? An expedition is setting sail from Hawaii today, headed to the uninhabited island of Nikumaroro where it hopes to finally determine once and for all what happened to the famous aviator. Recently unearthed clues, including a jar... More »

Amelia Earhart: Our Model for 'the Century of Women'

Jane Mendelsohn: Earhart's image can lead the way

(Newser) - Amelia Earhart was so much more than a daring pilot who tried to circumnavigate the globe. She was "a symbol, a myth, a star on which to hang our fantasies," writes Jane Mendelsohn in the New York Times . Mendelsohn "was inspired by Earhart to do something that... More »

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