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Finding Amelia: The True Story of the Earhart Disappearance Paperback – September 1, 2009
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(1) They simply ran out of gas over the Pacific (probably to the northwest of Howland Island, her intended target), landed in the drink, and fell to the bottom. Absent any other information, this is the most logical (and least interesting) conclusion, and is the one favored by Elgen and Marie Long (see their book "Amelia Earhart - The Mystery Solved" ISBN 0684860058). Nauticos, a deep sea salvage firm, has looked for the Electra (her plane) on the ocean floor but has not found it. This theory is based in part on radio signal strength indications aboard the Itasca (stationed at Howland Island awaiting her arrival), which they used to determine her approximate location, and which Gillespie references indirectly only once in this book.
(2) They were captured by the Japanese (either it was planned this way in advance or the Japanese just took advantage of the situation when it arose). Before you roll your eyes and put this in the crop circle/bigfoot category (as I did when I first heard it), be aware that there is credible evidence supporting this, some of which Gillespie mentions in this book (although he never once mentions that the Japanese might have captured her). For example, in the book he mentions that Fred Noonan's wife said the most likely thing Fred would have done would be to backtrack to the nearest known island, which would have been in the Marshall Islands (under Japanese control at the time), and the Amelia Earhart Foundation also believed she backtracked (see page 235).Read more ›
Amelia Earhart's disappearance on one of the last legs of her 1937 round-the-world flight is no exception. Theories, books and True Stories abound. What is exceptional and noteworthy is the approach Ric Gillespie and the organization he heads, TIGHAR, takes to solving this mystery. The TIGHAR approach is refreshingly, relentlessly fact-driven. Over the course of more than a decade, Ric and TIGHAR's members have laborously chased down primary sources of information about the flight, and and have carefully constructed a theory based on these facts that unravels -- minute by minute -- what happened. The TIGHAR theory is that Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, couldn't locate their destination (a tiny speck of land in the Central Pacific, Howland Island) and used their emergency fuel reserve for a flight to an alternative landing site, fetching up on an uninhabited tropical hellhole named Gardner Island. This theory is detailed on TIGHAR's Web site, and in the book "Amelia Earhart's Shoes" by Thomas F. King (also highly recommended as a companion volume to "Finding Amelia").
In "Finding Amelia", Ric provides the thoroughly-researched story of the Coast Guard and US Navy search for Amelia that took place over the entire month of July, 1937.Read more ›
Up until now, more than a dozen books have hashed out numerous theories, with various degrees of credibility, but all have had one thing in common - they "solve" the mystery with a mixture of carefully selected facts, speculation unsupported by any contemporaneous records, unscientifically-interpreted evidence (photos, etc.), and not a few WAGs.
"Finding Amelia" strips away the legends and myths that have grown up around Earhart and her last flight, and for the first time all of the contemporary records from the actual time are laid out in chronological order, explained and then left to stand on their own. All of the post-loss radio messages. All of the hoaxes. All of the painfully inept attempts by the US government to find Amelia in time to save her from herself. To his credit, author Ric Gillespie makes no attempt to say the mystery is finally solved.
While not solved, the mystery of Amelia and Fred's disappearance is in many ways finally REsolved, because all of the information is laid out in the same order that it happened. Facts are not selectively used, broad assumptions are not stated as fact, and all of the materials used to prepare the manuscript are available for the reader's immediate review on the accompanying DVD. It's a good read that will keep you turning the pages until the very end, where a surprising Epilogue sets your mind wandering down a whole new path.
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Ric Gillespie seemingly left no stone unturned. And despite some of the more technical aspects of Earhart's plane's operating systems and those on the ground, I was able to grasp... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kim M White
I'm no expert on the subject of Amelia Earhart, nor have I read any of the many books written about her, save for an old copy of Fred Goerner's "The Search for Amelia... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
I read somewhere once that the definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. It seems that that's kind of what Mr. Read morePublished 5 months ago by KFM
Great factual account of the disappearance of Amelia Earhart.by Ric Gillespie.Published 9 months ago by LadyPilotHilary
Went to her birth home and read this book first, was so glad I did!Published 9 months ago by Janniegirl
This is a book so complete and thorough in its research, it even has a CD of Itasca ship's logs and radio logs and more in the back. The best I have seen on Earhart.Published 9 months ago by johnpaul harris