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Grainy sonar images depicting a narrow, 22-ft. long object found some 600 feet below sea level in the Pacific Ocean may show the remains of the Lockheed Electra plane flown by Amelia Earhart. The world-famous aviator and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared on July 2, 1937, somewhere near Nikumaroro Island in the western Pacific Ocean. Five years after successfully crossing the Atlantic on a solo flight at age 34, the airwoman was attempting to circumnavigate the globe along the equator.
Originally posted by Dianec
reply to post by RUFFREADY
Saw this story on tv but my question is how can they say 'safely landed on island where she remained until she died a few days later' how do they know she didn't live for another 40 years? Amelia is always a good story though
Originally posted by Gazrok
Don't get me started on her. One of my ancestors DID what Amelia TRIED to do, and yet NOBODY remembers her name....all they remember is Amelia's, because she went and got herself killed. Oh well....
Just a guess, but it looks like the problem for your ancestor's fame was that by 1936 the newness of airplanes was wearing off and the public had other things on their mind, i.e. the specter of war was looming over Europe.
Recently unearthed photos could prove whether Amelia Earhart survived as a castaway on a remote Pacific island after her plane vanished more than 75 years ago
New photos taken about a year after her disappearance could prove whether Earhart survived after her plane went down and lived as a castaway on the island
The new photos, discovered by Matthew O'Sullivan, keeper of photographs at the New Zealand Air Force Museum in Christchurch, are aerial photos of the island taken in December of 1938, more than a year after Earhart's plane supposedly landed there.
The 45 photos - found in an unlabeled box containing a sheet of paper saying 'Gardner Island' - are part of a set of aerial obliques taken by a Supermarine Walrus launched from HMS Leander in support of the New Zealand Pacific Aviation Survey conducted as the British Navy was looking for possible Pacific landing strips for seaplanes, or even an airfield.
What Gillespie and Discovery News fail to mention, however, is the fact that the island had residents long before the British Navy's 1938 attempt to colonize the island - although they weren't 'official' inhabitants. In fact, people had been living on the island as far back as 1915, when British entrepreneur John Arundel acquired a license to use the island to plant coconut trees.
As part of Arundel's project, 20 workers were brought to Gardner Island to run his coconut operation. They even built iron-roofed structures, which remained on the island even after a severe drought put an end to the project and the islanders were forced off.
Gardner Island had additional human contact prior to Earhart's flight when, in 1929, the SS Norwich City crashed into a reef off the island's northwest corner - likely the same reef where TIGHAR claims Earhart landed her plane.