The Earhart Project EarhartThe Earhart ProjectWhat Happened to Amelia Earhart

The Earhart Project is testing the hypothesis that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan landed, and eventually died, on Gardner Island, now Nikumaroro in the Republic of Kiribati. Now in its 25th year, a major underwater search is planned for September-October 2014.

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Devastator link TBDDevastatorTo Save a Devastator

One of the most significant aircraft in the history of naval aviation was the Douglas TBD-1 “Devastator” torpedo bomber. A revolutionary design when introduced in 1935, the type played a key role in the critical opening months of the Pacific War at the Battle of the Coral Sea and the Battle of Midway. Today, no example of the Devastator survives in any museum or collection.      MORE

The Maid of Harlech P-38Maid of HarlechMaid of Harlech

In the summer of 2007, a Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter aircraft, presumed to be USAAF serial number 41-7677, emerged from the sand of a beach in Wales where it crash landed in 1942. The aircraft, largely intact and remarkably free of corrosion, is one of the most significant WWII-related archaeological discoveries in recent history. MORE

Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation

One of TIGHAR’s primary missions is to promote awareness and recognition of the various forms of preservation so that decisions by pilots, managers and curators can be made from an informed perspective and so that the aviation enthusiast public can better appreciate and support their efforts.

Project Midnight Ghost

Project Midnight Ghost

On May 8, 1927, WWI heroes Charles Nungesser and François Coli took off from LeBourget Field near Paris aboard their biplane l’Oiseau Blanc (the White Bird) bound nonstop for New York. Had they succeeded, the subsequent course of aviation history would have been very different. Instead, a frantic but fruitless search for the missing flyers dominated the headlines until Lindbergh’s takeoff just twelve days later. The French tragedy set the stage for the American triumph.

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