Amelia Earhart holds her early roots in Kansas. Amelia was born in Atchison Kansas in 1897. Kansans, as well as may others around the world are wanting to finish writing the last chapter of her life, involving the mysterious disappearance of Amelia, her plane, and Navigator Fred Nooan 75 years ago while she was attempting to become the first woman pilot to fly around the earth.
After raising 2.2 million dollars, a team of searchers began efforts in July to put closure on the 75 year old mystery. After exhausting nearly all the 2.2 million dollars and considering coming home empty handed, good fortune finally struck the team of searchers.
In a last effort search, a high resolution video was taken showing promising evidence of the location of the Lockheed Electra 10E aircraft which was never found after the mysterious disappearance.
"We have man-made objects in a debris field," Richard Gillespie told the Los Angeles Times in an interview Monday morning. And those objects are "in a location where we had previously reasoned where airplane wreckage should be."
The Executive Director of The International Group for Historical Aircraft Recovery, Richard Gillespie went on to state, "We don't want to oversell this," Gillespie cautioned. "We have lots of clues. It looks like it might be the right stuff, but we need a lot more work done, and ultimately we're going to have to go back and recover it”. Nikumaroro, is an uninhabited island in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati and is where the search is taking place, and is where it is believed the legendary pilot might have died as a castaway.
Eventually, Gillespie's dream is to recover "whatever remains of the aircraft," providing evidence that earlier objects found on the island belonged to Earhart and Noonan. Those objects, he said, show "their attempts to boil water ... to make a spear, the evidence of a castaway trying to survive."
The teams next search is for the over 1 million dollars needed to fund the return trip and hopefully bring the 75 year old mystery to light and finish the last chapter of Amelia Earhart’s life.