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Can a clue in Alaska Help Solve the Greatest Aviation Mystery in History?


September 05, 2004

Ketchikan, Alaska - A group called The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR pronounced "Tiger") has discovered some aircraft parts they think could be from Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Electra 10 on a remote southwest Pacific island called Nikumaroro. Nikumaroro Island is located a couple of hundred miles south of Howland Island. On July 2, 1937 Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan not only flew into history but into legend when they disappeared while trying to fly from Lae, New Guinea to Howland Island on a round the world attempt.

Located on a steep mountain side deep in the wilderness of Misty Fiords National Monument is another Lockheed Electra 10. This Electra was crashed landed into a gully back in 1943 by the legendary Alaska bush pilot named Harold Gillam. Recently members from the TIGHAR organization and USFS archaeologists completed an expedition to collect what TIGHAR hopes are similar parts from Gillam's Electra. Is the holy grail of aviation's greatest mystery finally in reach?

For the rest of the story... Martin Stanford, Archaeologist with the Ketchikan Misty Fiords Ranger District, will give a presentation and lecture on September 24, 2004 at 7:00 pm at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. The public is invited to attend this free Friday Night Insight program.


Related Story:

Harold Gillam: A Tragic Final Flight; Ketchikan remembers the search by June Allen...
August 17, 2004


Related Web site:

The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery


Source of News:

Southeast Alaska Discovery Center
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