New forensic imaging techniques might possibly solve the longstanding mystery over Earhart’s fate, whose plane vanished over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937. The flight was a record attempt to fly around the world at the equator.
At the center of sophisticated imaging techniques are a handful of 1937 pictures of Earhart’s twin-engined Lockheed “Electra.” Those were taken in Miami — the fourth stop on the aviator’s attempt to circumnavigate the globe — and show a distinctive patch of metal installed to replace a navigational window.
According to researchers at The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), which has long been investigating the last, fateful flight taken by Earhart 77 years ago, the metal sheeting appears to match a piece of aluminum recovered in 1991 from Nikumaroro, an uninhabited atoll in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati.
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