Could we finally have some tiny bit of closure on the mystery of Amelia Earhart?
Discovery.com is reporting that researchers at The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) seem to think they have found a piece of the Amelia Earhart plane.
They claim to have verified a piece of aluminum aircraft debris did come from Earhart’s Lockheed Electra. It was a patch installed on the Electra during the aviator’s stay in Miami in June of 1937.
You will notice the shiny patch on the Amelia Earhart plane. The scrap was discovered in 1991 in Nikumaroro in the southwestern Pacific Republic of Kiribati.
The Earhart Project Research Bulletin states:
During Amelia Earhart’s stay in Miami at the beginning of her second world flight attempt, a custom-made, special window on her Lockheed Electra aircraft was removed and replaced with an aluminum patch. The patch was an expedient field modification. Its dimensions, proportions, and pattern of rivets were dictated by the hole to be covered and the structure of the aircraft. The patch was as unique to her particular aircraft as a fingerprint is to an individual. Research has now shown that a section of aircraft aluminum TIGHAR found on Nikumaroro in 1991 matches that fingerprint in many respects.
If true, this is historic. The fate of Earhart has been debated since the moment she and her navigator,Fred Noonan went missing in July of 1937.
Although widely believed to have crashed in the Pacific Ocean, many theories have cropped up over the years trying to determine the fate of the pair. Some have said that she became a spy for FDR. Others theorized that they were captured by the Japanese.
The most famous theory claimed that Amelia Earhart was one of the many women chosen to serve as Tokyo Rose in the famous propaganda radio broadcasts.
It was even surmised that she survived the world flight, moved to New Jersey, changed her name, remarried and became Irene Craigmile Bolam.
Earhart’s mother believed from the very beginning that her daughter had crashed on Nikumaroro. Could momma have always been right? Mom’s have a great track record of being so!
Immediately after Earhart and Noonan’s disappearance, the U.S. Navy, Paul Mantz, and Earhart’s mother expressed belief the flight had ended in the Phoenix Islands. Gardner Island (now Nikumaroro) was identified as a viable location for landing an aircraft running out of fuel.
The certainty of this find being from the Earhart plane seems pretty conclusive. What a lady! She has been an inspiration to many generations after her loss. She was a hurdle jumper for sure! She was brave and saw no challenge unconquerable!
Last summer, another pilot named Amelia Earhart took to the skies to set a world record. The 31-year-old California native is the youngest woman to fly 24,300 miles around the world in a single-engine plane. Her namesake never completed the journey, but the younger Earhart landed safely in Oakland on July 11, 2015.
VIDEO: The mystery behind the Amelia Earhart disappearance 77 years ago may have finally been solved after Researchers at The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery found a piece of fuselage in the southwestern Pacific that they have connected to her plane using forensic technology. The aircraft vanished during Earhart’s last expedition where she was attempting to circumnavigate the Earth at the equator and her mysterious disappearance has been surrounded in speculation ever since. We look at how the metal fragment is being connected to the aviation pioneer’s plane, in this Lip News clip with Mark Sovel and Elliot Hill.