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Forgotten photo may solve Amelia Earhart mystery

Could Photo Finally Solve Amelia Earhart Mystery?

A recently resurfaced photograph may have finally solved the 77-year-old mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance.

An image, taken by the Miami Herald just moments before Earhart took off for her ill-fated 1937 attempt to fly around the world, holds a clue that one investigator claims links to wreckage found on a tiny island in the pacific.

The image shows an aluminum patch that was not noticed in any other photograph. Earhart investigator, Ric Gillespie, believes the patch matches the metal plate he discovered back in 1991 on a remote island. If correct, this supports the theory that Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, survived a crash and died as a castaways.

Gillespie's Gardner Island discovery was initially dismissed 23 years ago because rivet patterns didn't match those of Earhart's plane, but if the plate is a patch, it would explain why the patterns are different. He told the Miami Herald, "If we can match a rivet pattern from the repair in the photograph to a rivet pattern on the wreckage, I think it would be beyond dispute that Noonan and Earhart weren't lost at sea, but made it to the island."

If Gillespie is correct, it would answer a lot of questions regarding what many believe to be one of the greatest mysteries in aviation history. But it would also hint that Earhart and Noonen had long, slow, tragic deaths.

Have you met the other Amelia Earhart? Earhart left her television job at KUSA to recreate the 1937 flight of her namesake.

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david July 02 2014 at 12:25 PM

Why would they say it was a slow tragic death. MaryAnn, Ginger, Mr & Mrs Howell, the professor, the Skipper and of course Gilligan all did quite well on their deserted island. Why couldn't Amelia?

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bmitche July 02 2014 at 12:51 PM

The greatest mystery in aviation history? I think there may be some competition.

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rpthe1 bmitche July 02 2014 at 4:38 PM

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 comes to mind

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afterall357 bmitche July 02 2014 at 7:09 PM

77yrs from now no one will remember, look for or care about Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

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accordmee afterall357 July 03 2014 at 5:22 AM

You might remember but i am sure the some of the family members of those missing will remember. Not everyone is as arrogant as you afterall.

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accordmee afterall357 July 03 2014 at 5:23 AM

Not remember.

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dickn2000b July 02 2014 at 12:19 PM

The fly in Mr. Gillespie's ointment is the photograph of the airplane. It's old, it's blurry and even with computer enhancement it may be impossible to extract any clear detail of the rivet pattern. Having made that point, it seems awfully convenient that the single piece of "wreckage" Mr. Gillespie found is the "patch."

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larrykaren7613 July 02 2014 at 1:02 PM

Glad he found the patch. Now where's the rest of the plane?

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Kate larrykaren7613 July 02 2014 at 3:22 PM

Wreckage has been located not very far away in the ocean, but has yet to be conclusively identified as being her plane. (That was some years back, by the way.)

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dgcajun101 larrykaren7613 July 03 2014 at 1:55 AM

the patch doesn't fit that plane she was flying!!! the stuff he has been claiming is plain speculation on his part with a bunch of assumption that they crashed there. IF they crashed there to begin with that plane and it's pieces would be at the bottom of the ocean scattered all over the place from the currents surrounding that island. the currents are why he hasn't been able to search most of the possible sites that the plane might have come to rest.

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dreamweaver5580 July 02 2014 at 12:12 PM

It was 77 years ago...does it really make any difference? Once again, media speculation.

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bigshadyobama July 02 2014 at 12:24 PM


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f1v79 July 02 2014 at 1:01 PM

I have a theory:

Her plane crashed.

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John f1v79 July 02 2014 at 2:18 PM

Or shot down by the Japanese who were spreading their invasion across her flight path. I do think maybe one of the stories about her being shot by the Japanese could possibly be true. There have been several of these pop up over the years.

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dgcajun101 John July 03 2014 at 2:01 AM

no!! she made it to within 400 miles of howland island but north or south. after studying what the weather pattern was that night, there was a strong se wind that pushed them north with a lot of rain squalls and overcast. celestial sights were not readily available so she was flying by the seat of her pants and probably was pushed too far north and ditched in the ocean, not on nikomororo. several books have covered the fact that someone saw her and noonan killed in the marshall islands by the japs but nothing found. others claim they saw the plane during or after the war but again, nothing. now this guy comes along. he is convinced so let him look. doubt he will find anything positive.

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buffalowoodshop July 02 2014 at 12:27 PM

personally I think that the airlines for some reason did not want her to get credit for all the air miles she could potentially use in the future

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buffalowoodshop July 02 2014 at 12:25 PM

if they made it to the island and were alone ( castaways ) why did not at least one grave be found with a marker

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exitscreaming July 02 2014 at 12:56 PM

mystery solved--well done

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