Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan disappeared 74 years ago today. Exactly what happened is still a mystery because the plane has not been found in spite of some extensive search efforts including a couple by a client of mine, the Waitt Institute for Discovery (WID).
If you’re interested in Amelia I’m still proud of the site Jenifer Olson (@jenajean) and I worked with the client to build. Search for Amelia hasn’t been kept as up to date as it could, but it has comprehensive information about Amelia, Fred Noonan (her navigator), and the Electra. The site also shares all the research WID did prior to its very large search for the airplane and details on some very cool technology that was designed and built for the job. Most importantly, the site shared ALL the results of the search and put the massive sonar data file in the public domain for future research and study.
A couple of autonomous underwater vehicles nicknamed Ginger and Mary Ann worked very hard with the crew to cover a huge expanse of ocean bottom that was previously under explored. While they didn’t find the Electra they have gone on to be part of an extensive new documentation of the debris of the Titanic and were used to help locate the wreckage of Air France Flight 447. What they can do is amazing.
There is also a complete day by day narration of the search mission. It was as close to being there as we could make it and includes the good, the bad and the ugly…
If you have a child studying Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan there is large collection of links to additional resources.