How Amelia’s Plane Was Found – The Daily Beast

A little more detail about the metal fragment that appears to match Amelia Earhart’s Lockhead Elektra.

Two decades after finding a piece of metal on a remote Pacific atoll, Ric Gillespie says he has proof it was used to patch the aviator’s plane—and it fits ‘like a fingerprint.’

The words that changed everything came after his wife had wandered off to photograph a collapsed building. Ric Gillespie continued to examine some of the flotsam washed up by the big storm that must have hit Gardner Island since their previous visit two years before.

“You might want to come over and look at this,” his wife, Pat Thrasher, suddenly called out…

via How Amelia’s Plane Was Found – The Daily Beast.

Amelia Earhart Plane Found? Fragment Recovered In Pacific Matches ‘Fingerprint’ Of Lost Aircraft

Amelia Earhart and her Lockheed Electra aircraft in 1937. The famed aviator and her navigator mysteriously disappeared in 1937 somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. Creative Commons

The hunt for Amelia Earhart’s long-lost plane took a new turn after searchers reportedly identified a piece of the missing aircraft near a toll in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. History buffs have long speculated that the tiny island, called Nikumaroro, was the final resting place of the famed aviator; however, this is the first time a piece of wreckage found there has been recognized as a fragment from Earhart’s plane, according to Discovery.

The aluminum piece measured just 19 inches by 23 inches and was actually recovered in 1991. It wasn’t until recently that researchers with the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, or TIGHAR, who have spent 25 years making sense of Earhart’s mysterious disappearance in 1937, linked the fragment with a patch of metal that was installed on Earhart’s twin-engine Lockheed Electra during an eight-day stay in Miami, Florida. Only one photograph of the patch exists, likely indicating that the repair was never recorded.

If the rivet pattern from the repair in the photograph could be matched to a rivet pattern on the piece of wreckage, it would provide, with a high degree of certainty, evidence…

via Amelia Earhart Plane Found? Fragment Recovered In Pacific Matches ‘Fingerprint’ Of Lost Aircraft.

Happy Birthday Amelia Earhart

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Today is the 117th birthday of aviatrix Amelia Earhart.

NAME: Amelia Earhart
OCCUPATION: Pilot
BIRTH DATE: July 24, 1897
DEATH DATE: c. January 05, 1939
EDUCATION: Hyde Park High School, Columbia University

BEST KNOWN FOR: Amelia Earhart was the first female pilot to fly across the Atlantic and the first person to have flown both oceans. Her mysterious disappearance occurred in 1937.

Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897, in Atchison, Kansas, in America’s heartland. She spent much of her early childhood in the upper-middle class household of her maternal grandparents. Amelia’s mother, Amelia “Amy” Otis, married a man who showed much promise, but had never been able to break the bonds of alcohol. Edwin Earhart was on a constant search to establish his career and put the family on a firm financial foundation. When the situation got bad, Amy would shuttle…

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