What really happened to Amelia Earhart?


Two professional pilots ask pivotal questions –

reveal research-based answers –

and provide valuable new pieces

to the 75-year old controversy puzzle!


Click Here – Step Back to 1937

Amelia Earhart’s disappearance has long been riddled in mystery. Do you want to know the truth?

Professional pilots Bob Wheeler & Fred Nicely challenge current theories based on extensive investigative research and personal aeronautical expertise. Now they are providing insights and more plausible answers regarding what went wrong – and why!

Join the Wheeler-Nicely team as they uncover what really happened to Amelia Earhart through a fresh new perspective on these decades-old questions:

  • Did Amelia simply run out of fuel and then crash into the Pacific?
  • Did Amelia set the aircraft down on Gardner Island and die there as The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) contends?
  • Could the Japanese have kidnapped her from the island?
  • Was Amelia on a spy mission for the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI)?
  • Was there a government cover-up about her disappearance that continues to this day?
  • Are there several eye-witnesses claiming they saw Amelia after her disappearance?
  • Is there a much larger puzzle still to piece together?

ANNOUNCEMENT:  “Mili Island Landing Probable! See Research article “281 Message Cracked

See “Research” for answers to these questions

Amelia and her “Electra” looking great for the camera

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  1. Bob


    April 25, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    WE received this from Ron Bright, a respected historian
    Bob and Fred,

    One of the most mysterious events in her disappearance, (of course many!) is why AE didn’t try to radio her intentions to either continue searching or if she decided to fly north or south to the Marshalls or Niku at 0900, after failing to find Howland, when her last signal was heard. Based on Bellarts and Sutter’s contemporaneous reports, she “suddenly went off” with her last signal that they claim was made in very tense voice.
    Some argue the ITASCA’S highly sensitive receivers didn’t pick it up, unlikely, or that she was too away even though she was heard ,Lastly, some argue that her radio transmitter failed at that instant after working just fine for over 20 hours!! . We know that her receiver was kaput for most of the trip.

    My othr mystery is if she made it to the Marshalls and was captured, etc., not one of her 7000 Earhart covers has ever surface!

    I enjoy your blog and keep on searching. As you know some researchers claim they have seen the “holy grail”, (The Electra) but now its gone….

    I am still trying to find out what happened, and I probably will need a DNA,serial number or a piece of indisputable evidence linked to AE.

    Keep me posted

  2. Bob


    April 25, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    We received this email from Ron Bright
    I continue to research and investigate, so by all means you can include my email. I do have some tapes that I can pass on to you, interviews of Hanzlick, Elinor Smith, et all.
    One of my colleagues claims he had some photo evidence of AE at Jaluit, but I can’t divulge anymore. It is not 100%, in my opinion.
    If Devine is right, the Electra flew off course and landed in tact at Saipan. If Amran is correct, the plane landed on Mili and was transported via the Koshu to Jaluit, Kwajlein, then Saipan, all with a broken right wing! Both can’ be right.
    Devine takes numerous photos of gravesites, yet didn’t take any of the wreakage of the Electra at Aslito field in 1944!!
    Keep up the work, maybe someday a decrypted Japanese signal will surface:” Ah so, we find “Melia and Fred swimming…..”
    Ron Bright

  3. Leslie (Les) Kinney

    May 29, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    As a long time Earhart researcher firmly entrenched in the Mili Atoll theory, I always believed the “281” CW message meant “degrees” from Howland Island. Your article was well stated and logical. Don’t fret over the self-serving and apocryphal TIGHAR comments.

    In 1937, the Navy did not have accurate maps of the Marshalls; but Earhart didn’t need them for plotting her Howland course anyway. Still, Noonan could have possessed old British maps from his sea faring days. Factoring in the magnetic variance you accurately explained, it’s reasonable to accept the “281” message meant Mili Atoll.

    There is a likelihood, the U.S. Navy remembered this “281″ message long after 1937. That is something I am presently pursuing.

    • Bob


      June 13, 2015 at 11:46 am

      Thanks for your comments, Les. Please see our reply on the 1/9/14 article “Earhart’s Famous 281 message Cracked” in the In Depth Research Section.

    • Michael Langley

      June 21, 2015 at 10:45 pm

      Imagine you are Fred Noonan on an island which is not on your maps (Gardner Island in the 30s still had the coordinates given by old whaling ships (4°20′ S, 174°22′ W). Not the current coordinates (4°39’59.35″S latitude, 174°31’44.61″W). What would you do, assuming you could only calculate latitude with precise precision. Longitude is You might give the # from the equators. Gardner island is 281 nautical miles south of the equator.

    • DitchedandSank

      November 5, 2015 at 11:00 am


      I’m not sure why you believe the Navy did not have accurate maps of the Marshall Islands in 1937.

      The 1936 Hydrographic Office chart No.5429. “Plans of the Marshall Islands: Southern Part” includes an accurate view of Milli Atoll and other nearby islands.

      An original copy can be purchased on Ebay-

      • Bob


        November 12, 2015 at 10:22 am

        Yes, “Ditched and Sank, we agree that the US Navy did have accurate maps of the Marshalls.,but we do not think AE “ditched and sank”.

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