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Amelia Earhart Mystery: TIGHAR’s Ric Gillespie Answers Your Questions

Sep 25, 12 Amelia Earhart Mystery: TIGHAR’s Ric Gillespie Answers Your Questions

More than a month has past since Discovery Channel aired the documentary “Finding Amelia,” and the search continues for a lost American treasure. The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) has spent the better part of the last quarter-of-a-century searching for evidence of the fate of pioneer aviator Amelia Earhart.

Countless missions have been undertaken by TIGHAR and its executive director Ric Gillespie,  a man who has passionately devoted his time and energy to the cause. Now, after returning from his biggest assignment yet, the hunt for the final resting place of Earhart’s Lockheed Model 10 Electra aircraft, Gillespie is sharing his experiences and his findings with the general public via Facebook.

Starting today, Gillespie and the TIGHAR team are taking questions and posting video responses to some of the most pertinent queries given. If you happen to chance by the group’s Facebook page, give them a like and see what they are sharing. You can also visit the main site, TIGHAR.org, and check out all the latest news and information from the continuing search for Amelia Earhart.

In the first video posted on Facebook, Gillespie answers a question about Amelia Earhart’s radio transmissions and why she had not said if she saw land or not. Gillespie takes about six minutes to explain the details and offers invaluable insights into the mystery.

Be sure to keep checking back, as there should be more videos of your questions in the weeks to come.

In the meantime, what do you think about the mystery of Amelia Earhart? Did she land in the ocean and is lost at sea? Did she crash land near the island of Nikumaroro, where she died as a castaway? Or do you have another theory? Please leave your comments below.

Image Caption: Amelia Earhart and Lockheed Electra 10E NR 16020, c. 1937. Credit: Wikipedia

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  • Anonymous

    Again, Amelia’s Lockheed Electra was within 75 miles of her target Howland Island when her radio cut out.

    US CGC Itasca Chief Radioman Leo Bellarts 30, was on watch that morning and said: “In the early morning, signals came in pretty good. I actually did go outside and stand right out the radio shack and thought I would hear a motor any second. Her voice was loud and clear; sounded frantic on her last transmission. Then it cut off.”

    This would indicate that Earhart and Noonan splash-landed into the sea. Lockheed stated that the aircraft would float indefinitely. With a 10 to 14 knot western drift current, the plane — or at least their 3-man yellow life raft, could move out of the area at 250 miles every 24 hours. The US Navy however, did not reach that area for another 11 days.

    The Japanese up in the Marshall Island radioed that they would help with the search, and sent a contingent of military ships, and the Koshu — a trawler. The problem came when the Japanese did not radio that they found her — nor that they did not find her. Fifty years after the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, the Marshall Islands issued a series of Earhart postage stamps, one of which shows the Koshu carrying Earhart’s Electra.

    You Search for what you want to keep; you Hunt for what you want to catch.

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

  • Anonymous

    Douglas Westfall believes in everything except physical evidence! Ha.
    but if we are all feeling confident, why not do actual on site radio tests and compare them to the logs of 1937? See Project AERO for a group ready to do that! Meanwhile, TIGHAR has physical circumstantial evidence and every other theory has rumor and hearsay, and long jumps from what was logged to what they conclude. Good work Ric and TIGHAR. If her plane was within 75 miles…it would have been seen, heard or debris or something found. Further out and sunk without even a trace? Nah…they had a raft, she knew how to ditch, something would have floated and been found. Search planes and flares. I think the most compelling evidence is still the Pan Am RDF and the radio logs that put her certainly in Phoenix Islands, and likely on or near Nikumaroro, and did so from the VERY FIRST DAY! Support Project AERO…the amelia Earhart Radio Operation, it’s worth it! http://www.wc5c.org