AMELIA'S LIFE IN PICTURES: Continued...
1937: THE FINAL FLIGHT:
The second attempt to fly around the world started from Miami, Florida on the 2nd June 1937, this time however only Amelia and Fred Noonan were on board. The route was completely different to the first ill fated flight, this time Amelia decided to fly to Central America, Brazil, cross the Atlantic, Natal, Senegal, Dakar, Khartoum and Massawa. The flight continued across Arabia, India, Burma, Siam, Java, Darwin and a critical stop, Lae in New Guinea.
The next part of the journey was difficult, flying from Lae across the Pacific Ocean to Howland Island. Records indicate Fred Noonan's navigating options were hampered by some cloud. A fateful radio message was received from Amelia on the 2nd July, 1937, stating the flight was over the ocean with no land in sight and that fuel reserves were down to nominally half an hour.
The United States spent millions of dollars searching for Amelia and Fred, to this day no concrete evidence of their fate has ever been determined.
THE FINAL TAKE OFF: This image depicts the final take off from Lae, New Guinea on the 2nd July, 1937. The Lockheed Electra 10E clearly has the radio direction finding antenna in place. The flight was one of the most difficult and the longest of the entire trip, necessitating a 2,550 mile trip to Howland Island in the South Pacific Ocean. The image is apparently the last ever taken of the Lockheed Electra 10E.
NIKUMARORO (FORMERLY GARDNER ATOLL): Considered by many to be the location that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan 'landed', having run out of fuel. The Atoll was called Gardner Atoll at the time of Amelia and Fred's disappearance, it is now known as Nikumaroro. The images depict the central lagoon and surf breaking over a reef along the shoreline, circa 1937, a recent aerial image of the overall Atoll and a photograph reported to depict 'inverted aircraft landing gear'.
THE MYSTERY CONTINUES:
UPDATE 2 JULY 2012 - TIGHAR's NIKU VII EXPEDITION: On the 75th anniversary of Amelia and Fred's disappearance The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) commenced an expedition to Nikumaroro Island. The team is very well equipped with submersibles and underwater detection and camera equipment. As the expedition left port I donated to the TIGHAR Expedition and hope the team can finally resolve the mystery disappearance of Amelia and Fred.
UPDATE 21 MARCH 2012: The imminent 75th anniversary of Amelia and Fred's disappearance heralded an announcement by the American Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton that a 'privately funded' expedition to Nikumaroro Island would take place in July 2012. The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) headed by former Aviation Accident Investigator, Ric Gillespie would investigate the waters around Nikumaroro Island utilising submersibles and underwater detection and camera equipment. The Discovery Channel in association with Bob Ballard were also to be heavily involved.
UPDATE 18 DECEMBER 2010: Bone fragments believed to be from a human little finger, remnants of a pocket knife, pre 2nd World War bottles and make up from a woman's compact have been discovered on an uninhabited Pacific coral atoll called 'Nikumaroro Island', (formerly known as Gardner Island). Additionally the remains of small fires, bird and fish bones, and empty oyster shells laid in rows have been located nearby.
My research of the 18 December 2010 news indicates the 'very same team' that are claiming the discovery visited 'Nikumaroro Island' in 2001 following studies of satellite imagery which suggested the outline of an aircraft was visible on the atoll.
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