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On July 2, 1937 Amelia Earhart took off on what was to be her last flight. At 8:43 a.m she sent her her last known transmission “We are on the line 157 337. We will repeat this message. We will repeat this on 6210 kilocycles. Wait.”

Neither she, nor her co-pilot Fred Noonan were ever seen again, and after a long search — the most costly and intensive in US history up to that time — on January 5, 1939 they were declared legally dead. Up to this day no one has ever definitively located the site of their crash.

Formerly known as Gardner Island, Nikumaroro, part of the Phoenix Islands in the western Pacific Ocean, may in fact be the final resting place of the aviation pioneers, Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan.

For many years the prominent theory was that the plane ran out of gas and crashed into the ocean. As Thomas Crouch the Senior Curator of the National Air and Space Museum put it: the Earhart/Noonan Electra is “18,000 ft. down.” However, recently, a rival theory has emerged. That Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan may have managed to crash land their plane on Nikumaroro island and may have survived there for as much as a few months, after their disappearance in July.

Beginning in 1988 four expeditions have been sent to the island by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery or “TIGHAR.”

Among the items they discovered were “improvised tools, an aluminum panel (possibly from an Electra), an oddly cut piece of clear Plexiglas which is the exact thickness and curvature of an Electra window and a size 9 Cat’s Paw heel dating from the 1930s which resembles Earhart’s footwear in world flight photos.” Though it has yet to be definitively confirmed, the “Gardner hypothesis” has become the favorite of aviation historians.

Tons more about Amelia Earhart’s possible final resting place, Nikumaroro Island on Atlas Obscura…

Nikumaroro

Population of 0; part of Kiribati; 1.64 square miles.

Interesting fact: there is a theory that aviator Amelia Earhart landed and died on the island after failing to reach Howland Island.

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Chasing Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897, and later disappeared mysteriously that same month in 1937. In her lifetime she became the first woman, and second pilot, to fly solo over the Atlantic, and it was while trying for a circumnavigation of the earth that she vanished.

Yet earlier this year some researchers reported that they may have found her wreckage on a sonar image of Nikumaroro Island, where she may have been a castaway, and more photos have surfaced from a 1938 survey of the island that may offer even more clues. Is the mystery of the lost aviatrix finally going to be solved? However the historic hunt turns out, there are still numerous places in which to discover the life, and disappearance, of the intrepid pilot.

Click through for our favorites, including her Birthplace Museum, a 42,000 square foot portrait of her in earth and foliage, Amelia’s Lockheed Vega, the crumbling Earhart Light on Howland Island, Nikumaroro Island, and the Museum of Women Pilots!

Chasing Amelia Earhart: A Tour Through the Relics of the Lost Pilot on Atlas Obscura…

Amelia Earhart: the truth behind her disappearance?

Amelia Earhart: the truth behind her disappearance?

On this day in 1937, the pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan disappeared during their attempt to circumnavigate the globe. The pair were never found, despite the largest search the U.S. government ever launched, thus there have been many myths surrounding the events of that July. But, with new searches and modern technology, might we now be close to finding the truth…

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Záhada trvá. Expedice TIGHAR nenašla nic, co by osvětlilo osud ztracené letkyně

Výprava Mezinárodní skupiny pro hledání historických letadel (TIGHAR), která na ostrově Nikumaroro pátrala po troskách letadla Amelie Earhartové, skončila. Zatím se nezdá, že by se podařilo objevit cokoliv, co by vneslo trochu světla do osudu letkyně, která před 75 lety zmizela, jako by se vypařila. 

Expedice předpokládala, že vzhledem k pokročilým sonarovým technologiím, které chtěla využít, bude úspěšnější než předchozí pokusy. Za zklamání, které výzkumníci teď prožívají, nakonec paradoxně mohou právě nekonečné problémy s technickým vybavením.  

Výzkumníky nyní čeká vyhodnocování získaného materiálu. Už je ale jasné, že trosky v laguně Nikumaroro nepocházejí z letounu Amelie Earhartové. Jedná se o vrak lodi Norwich City, takže naděje trvá. 

Doplněno: Expedice se pokusí odhalit tajemství 75 let pohřešované letkyně

Pětasedmdesát let poté, co beze stopy zmizela nad oceánem, se letkyně Amelia Earhartová znovu dostala do hlavních titulků: Do tropů vyrazila expedice, vybavená nejmodernějšími pátracími zařízeními s jediným cílem - zjistit, co se s devětatřicetiletou dobrodružkou stalo. 

Vedoucí expedice předpokládají, že se Earhartová zřítila nebo nouzově přistála na atolu Nikumaroro, na kterém ihned nebo po blíž neurčené době zemřela. Nikumaroro byl totiž před třičtvrtěstoletím neobydlený. 

Doplněno: Popis posledního letu Amelie Earhartové od autorky jejího životopisu

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