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Earhart clue: 1937 photo of Amelia Earhart's plane may break mystery wide open

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A new clue found in a photo that recently surface may indicate where Amelia Earhart spent her last days on Earth. A photo of Earhart’s plane that was taken by the Miami Herald in 1937 appears to offer “crucial evidence” in Earhart’s disappearance, according to Fox News on July 2.

Right before Earhart made her ill-fated flight attempting to circle the globe, this picture was snapped. In the picture an aluminum sheet is seen as a repair patch on the side of the plane. That sheet of metal was found back in 1991 on a remote Pacific Island during one of the expeditions searching for Amelia Earhart’s plane.

The sheet of aluminum was used to cover-up a broken airplane window and this is the only time it is seen in all of the known photos of Earhart’s aircraft. Earhart took off in 1937 for her second attempt at flying around the world, but somewhere over the Pacific Ocean her plane vanished. The world famous female pilot and her navigator, Fred Noonan, were never heard from again.

Before embarking on this flight, her plane underwent repairs in Miami. A window was originally installed in the plane to help navigator Fred Noonan navigate via the sun and stars. It is believed the window broke during a rough landing at the Miami airport and it was fixed with the aluminum sheet metal piece.

The Bradenton Herald suggests that this latest photo, which is just a generic image of her plane, may finally solve one of modern-day history's biggest mysteries. This photo probably meant nothing to the photographer, maybe it was just a test photo while waiting for Amelia to hop on board her plane. It is that shinny spot, where a window once sat that may finally help solve the location details of Amelia Earhart’s demise.

In 1991 Ric Gillespie discovered a very similar piece of aluminum metal on Gardner Island, one of the places that theories brought the Earhart investigator to on his expedition over 20-years ago. The piece of sheet metal looked to be manufactured in the same way airplane aluminum was made during Earhart’s era.

The rivets did not match the original rivet pattern on Earhart's plane, so that piece of aluminum was dismissed as evidence. Now that it is know that the piece wasn’t an original part of the plane, but a repair piece added to the plane, the rivet pattern difference is explained.

If they can match the rivet pattern that is in that photo to the rivet pattern on the aluminum sheet found, Gillespie believes that is undeniable evidence that Earhart’s plane landed on Garner Island. It would disprove the theories that the plane crashed into the deep of the ocean, never to be found.

This could indicate that Earhart and Noonan found themselves stranded after a crash-landing on Gardner Island. If the plane had crash-landed along the shore, it would have been washed out to sea over the decades of storms and rough waters in that area.

This would explain the plane’s disappearing off the island. That one piece left behind may finally solve the Earhart mystery. If the rivets match that of the rivet pattern in the picture around the piece of aluminum used for a window patch, then that's the evidence needed to explain how her trip ended.

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