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The Search for Amelia Earhart Continues

14 Dec
In July, 2012 Tighar (The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery) had launched a 2 million dollar search near Gardner Island in the Pacific. They hoped to find the remains of Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, as well as their aircraft that was lost on July 3, 1937. After numerous searches their fate is still a mystery after 75 years. This expedition, filmed by the Discovery Channel, aired in August 2012. We wished them success, but felt that they were looking in the wrong place. Read more [...]
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Amelia Earhart and the 99’s

24 Oct
Some folks know little about the Ninety-Nines. The group may not be as famous as the number sixty-nine, or be likened to the football team the 49er’s, but they have a rich history in the world of aviation. Amelia Earhart became the first president of the small club founded in 1929 consisting of 99 daring female pilots.  A woman way ahead of her time, Amelia encouraged women to achieve at activities rarely if ever attempted before: travel alone, wear pants, drive a car, and even fly. In their Read more [...]

Amelia Earhart Inspires Everyone

14 Oct
Most folks have heard of the Amelia Earhart Luggage line that was sold through the Macy’s department store chain back in the 1930’s. There were a lot of promotions that Amelia’s husband, George Palmer Putnam Sr., developed back then to raise money for Amelia’s expensive expeditions.  Lots of photo ops and thousands of covers (envelopes autographed by Amelia) were sold to pay for aviation fuel and expenses. The list is extensive. And now there are new Amelia-inspired clothing lines being Read more [...]

Steve Jobs on Amelia Earhart

04 Oct
Some time ago Steve Jobs of Apple Computers had started an advertising campaign called “Think Different.”  He mentioned many people who knew how to think outside of the box. His long, long list included Albert Einstein, Bob Dylan, Martin Luther King Jr., John Lennon, Thomas Edison, and, of course, Amelia Earhart. One ad stated, “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They aren’t afraid Read more [...]


04 Sep
It appears Ric Gillespie of TIGHAR (The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery) is becoming a master at sleight of hand. I admire his ability to pull reasons to go back to Nikumaroro Island out of his….hat. The search for the “any idiot artifact” goes on and on and on. Jeff Glickman, a forensic photo analyst with a very impressive resume, has surfaced several times in the past few months with astounding “findings” that have aided TIGHAR’s cause greatly. The first was back Read more [...]

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Amelia, Fred and the Lady Be Good

21 Aug
The last and final flight of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan ended with them dying on Gardner Island between the 7th and 9th of July, 1937, according to the conclusion reached by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) and the Discovery Channel. The thought process they used was quite simple. Supposedly, the pair was marooned on a desert island with no food and no water. How could they have lasted for more than 5 days? Possibly the story of the Lady be Good, a B-24D American Read more [...]

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Earhart’s Stepson-Crayola Connection

20 Aug
    Did you know George Putnam Jr. (step-son of Amelia Earhart) is the heir to the Crayola Crayon (Binney) dynasty? Putnam talks about this in his video-taped interview entitled "Putnam Shares his Personal Memories" that can be seen on our website or on YouTube . Read more [...]

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Earhart’s Disappearance- Is It Really a Mystery?

16 Jun
    Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight ended in her controversial disappearance July 2, 1937. One must remember that she was attempting something that no one had ever tried before. Just like Pan Am instituting air service to the Philippines and China, that hadn’t been done before either. Pan American Airways lost the Hawaii Clipper on July 28, 1938. It disappeared with 6 passengers and 9 crewmembers on a flight from San Francisco, California to Manila, Philippine Islands.They disappeared Read more [...]

The Mystery of Earhart’s Radio Calls – Why So Short?

10 Jun
Before Amelia Earhart disappeared on her last flight she let it be known to all concerned that she would be transmitting at a quarter past the hour. She also said she would listen on the hour and half hour. In 1937 aircraft radios were quite different than they are today. Amelia had a radio that received and another radio that transmitted. On her first around the world attempt between Oakland and Honolulu the generator went out several hours before she reached her destination. It was determined Read more [...]

Earhart’s Last and Final Flight: Navigational Error?

18 May
Nauru – Ice Cream Cone on the Pacific The “Chater Report” contained in your extensive archive contains the evidence which my friend and I believe misled Mr. Noonan. The light at Nauru was telegrammed to be at an altitude of 5600 feet. We believe this not to be correct. At that day and time we speculate it should have read 560 feet but verification is ongoing as today the island height is just over 200 feet. We believe Mr. Noonan would have used his “Pelorus Drift Site” and estimated Read more [...]

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