Thursday, July 26, 2012

Search for Amelia Earhart Fails to Find Wreckage

A couple of months ago on this blog, I reported to you how a group of searchers was heading out to the Pacific Ocean atoll of Nikumaroro, hoping to find some clue to fate of the disappearance of Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan.  As history relates, Earhart and Noonan vanished on the return leg of their around-the-world flight in July, 1937.

Unfortunately, the searchers The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, have reported they have found no clues of Earhart, Noonan or thier twin-engined Lockheed Electra aircraft.

So with no hard evidence, the mystery remains: what happened to Amelia Earhart?  Did she and Noonan simply get lost/disoriented, missed their refueling point on Howland Island and crash into the sea? (This is far easier than it would seem, especially given the primitive instruments that Earhart and Noonan were working with.) Or as many believe, was she shot down by the Japanese? Some believe she was on a secret spy mission over Japanese installations for FDR.  Others believe - with some reason - that she and Noonan were indeed forced down by the Japanese off Saipan and then executed. Or did they turn back in a vain effort to reach their take off point, the island of New Britain?

Of course, there's the wackier stuff such as being sucked up by an errant wormhole in spacetime or zapped by aliens...

Whatever really happened, Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan belong to the ages. I like to think they're somehow still up there just above the clouds, looking for a place to land, the needle on the fuel indicator hovering just above the "empty" mark.

Meanwhile, you can follow Amelia's (fictional) adventures in War Plan Crimson, A Novel of Alternate History, for $2.99 and in Elvis Saves JFK! for just 99 cents (both are free to preview). Both books are also available through such fine online retailers such as Barnes & Noble, Apple's iTunes Store, and ChaptersIndigo.

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