Will Discovery Finally Solve the Mystery of Amelia Earhart?

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July 2nd, 2012

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WILL DISCOVERY FINALLY SOLVE THE MYSTERY OF AMELIA EARHART?

Network Sponsors Groundbreaking Research and Recovery Mission

 

(Honolulu, HI)  Discovery Channel and TIGHAR (The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery) depart Tuesday morning, July 3, 2012, from Honolulu for what they hope will be the final mission searching for evidence of Earhart’s long-lost Lockheed Electra aircraft. The on-board activities and underwater findings of the Niku VII7 expedition will be captured exclusively by Discovery and broadcast as a documentary this coming August.  Over the course of the 26-day expedition, the eighteen-person research crew aims to locate, identify, and photograph any and all surviving aircraft wreckage that they believe may still be in the deep waters surrounding Nikumaroro (formerly Gardner Island), an uninhabited coral atoll in the southwestern-Pacific Republic of Kiribati.

 

“This is when Discovery truly embodies its namesake.  We are excited and proud to be working with TIGHAR, paying tribute to an American icon and hero while developing new technologies to reach back into the past and solve one of the last great mysteries of the 20th century,” said Eileen O’Neill, group president of Discovery Channel and TLC Networks.

 

The underwater search will focus on the reef slope off the west end of Nikumaroro, where waters can reach depths of up to 1,500 meters (4,921 feet). This deep-water search is made possible by the use of specialized robotic equipment brought in from the continental U.S. courtesy of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), a long-standing supporter of TIGHAR and itself an aviation history-maker as the pioneer of overnight delivery.

 

“The search for answers in the Earhart mystery has been a decades-long passion for all the members of TIGHAR,” said Richard Gillespie, TIGHAR Executive Director & Expedition Leader. “The exhaustive research leading up to today’s departure gives us great hope that the Niku VII7 expedition will provide conclusive answers in the search for Earhart’s final landing place,” he added.

 

 
  • AppleStinx

    No, it won’t. These programs get you hooked for one hour and always conclude that the evidence is inconclusive. I’ll change my mind the day, say, Jeremy Wade finds one of the “river monsters” he so desperately chases, and is eaten by it.

  • Douglas Westfall

    Amelia’s Lockheed Electra was within 75 miles of her target Howland Island when her radio cut off. Chief Radioman Leo Bellarts said: “Her voice was loud and clear; sounded frantic on her last transmission. Then it cut off.”

    Nikumaroro is 350 miles south-east of Howland and at a right angle to her flight path — and she didn’t have charts for those islands.

    Airman Richard Beckham flew over Nikumaroro (Gardner) seven days later and said: “We altered course to Gardner Island … we always went low over the islands at 100 feet … we couldn’t see anyone, and we always scanned the beaches.”

    The US sent nine ships, 66 aircraft, and well over 3,000 sailors and airmen who covered well over 250,000 sq. miles of open sea and every island within a 650 mile radius of Howland.

    Taken from, The Hunt For Amelia Earhart
    Douglas Westfall, historic publisher, Specialbooks.com

  • don252

    The Discovery Channel isn’t going to solve the Earhard mystery! Tighar is solving the Earhard mystery. Discovery is along for the ride! period!

  • Cherry Carver

    “No, it won’t. These programs get you hooked for one hour and always conclude that the evidence is inconclusive. I’ll change my mind the day, say, Jeremy Wade finds one of the “river monsters” he so desperately chases, and is eaten by it.”

    *LMAO* Right on, AppleStinx. If anyone on the team had actually FOUND evidence of Amelia Earheart, it would have made the national news. As for Jeremy Wade, seeing him be eaten by a river monster would be make me simply giddy. Same for all those bastards who would love to kill Nessie, Sasquatch, or just the biggest fish in the world–I wish these hunters nothing but rank misery and very unpleasant demises.

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