Amelia Earhart

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Latest Earhart Hunt May Have Voided One Longstanding 'Clue'

The 'Bevington image' may not actually show landing gear, Robert Ballard's expedition finds

(Newser) - The latest hunt for Amelia Earhart's vanished plane came up empty—but that doesn't mean Robert Ballard's expedition turned up no important information. Ballard, the ocean explorer who famously found the Titanic, was intrigued enough by the so-called "Bevington image" that he decided to take on... More »

'I Want to Show You a Picture': How New Earhart Hunt Began

Robert Ballard thinks an old image captured landing gear from her plane

(Newser) - Robert Ballard, the explorer who found the Titanic , is currently on a mission to find the remains of Amelia Earhart's plane. In an interview with the New York Times , Ballard explains how he got hooked on the Earhart search, and it began several years ago when an old friend... More »

Man Who Found the Titanic Now on Track of a New Mystery

Robert Ballard will search near Nikumaroro

(Newser) - One of the world's greatest undersea explorers is gearing up to tackle one of the world's most enduring mysteries. Robert Ballard, the University of Rhode Island professor of oceanography best known for finding the wreck of the Titanic in 1985, is planning to search for signs of Amelia... More »

Researchers Say Distress Calls Prove Theory on Earhart

Group says they show she and her navigator were alive after plane went down

(Newser) - People all around the world reported hearing radio distress calls from Amelia Earhart in July 1937, and many of them were dismissed as hoaxes. But a research group has just published a comprehensive study of all distress calls in the days after Earhart disappeared and concludes that 57 of them... More »

We've Probably Had Earhart's Bones This Whole Time: Study

New forensic analysis says doctor got it wrong in 1940

(Newser) - "Until definitive evidence is presented that the remains are not those of Amelia Earhart, the most convincing argument is that they are hers." That's the bold conclusion of a new study published in Forensic Anthropology that seeks to end the mystery surrounding the fate of the... More »

Man Says Uncle's Tale Sheds Light on Earhart's Bleak Fate

New evidence for theory Earhart was executed at prison on Saipan

(Newser) - Was Amelia Earhart held and executed at a prison on Saipan after her plane crashed in the South Pacific during her 1937 trip around the world? The Pacific Daily News reports a man's recollections of a conversation with his uncle lend credence to the theory recently put forward by... More »

Blogger Might've Crushed Amelia Earhart Theory

Says newly surfaced photo was published before Earhart vanished

(Newser) - Even when a History documentary claimed a photo showed that Amelia Earhart had survived a 1937 plane crash in the Marshall Islands and was taken prisoner, Kota Yamano didn't buy it. "I have never believed the theory that Earhart was captured by the Japanese military, so I decided... More »

Amelia Earhart Search Dogs 'Alerted' to Scent

Archaeologists find nothing, but soil samples to be analyzed

(Newser) - Amelia Earhart buffs will likely to be tuning in to the History Channel at 9pm Eastern Sunday for a documentary that floats a provocative theory : Investigators say a newly surfaced photo shows Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan on a dock on one of the Marshall Islands, suggesting that they were... More »

Earhart Experts Cast Doubt on New Photo

Her plane didn't have enough fuel to reach Marshall Islands, says one

(Newser) - Any clue about the disappearance of Amelia Earhart should thrill Ric Gillespie, who's spent nearly three decades trying to solve the 80-year-old case. But a lost photograph included in a History documentary, which purportedly shows that Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan survived a 1937 plane crash in the Marshall... More »

Earhart Investigators: This Photo Proves She Survived

Documentary suggests National Archives image shows her and Fred Noonan

(Newser) - A new History documentary floats one of the most provocative theories yet about Amelia Earhart: The show focuses on a newly surfaced photo that some think proves she and navigator Fred Noonan survived their 1937 plane crash. Investigators with the documentary say the image shows Earhart sitting on a dock... More »

New Earhart Search 'Less a Shot in Dark' Than Any Before

This one will involve forensic dogs searching for her remains

(Newser) - Thirteen human bones discovered on a Pacific island three years after Amelia Earhart disappeared were subsequently lost. But that leaves 193 bones still to be found, as an archaeologist puts it. In its latest mission in its three decades of searching for Earhart, the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery... More »

Amelia Earhart May Have Been Found—76 Years Ago

Photo of Earhart matches skeleton found in 1940: TIGHAR

(Newser) - For 79 years, people have been searching for Amelia Earhart. But for 76 years, the mystery of her disappearance might have been solved. The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery says Earhart's bones were perhaps found on the island of Nikumaroro in Kiribati in 1940, three years after her... More »

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 »

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