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Beyond Betty

Fifteen year-old Betty Klenck’s transcription of the desperate pleas for help she heard on her family radio in July 1937 have been featured in books, articles, and television documentaries as a remarkable record of perhaps the last communication from Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan. The references to accurate information that Betty could not possibly have otherwise known leave little doubt that she heard a genuine distress call sent from the Electra on the reef at Gardner Island (now Nikumaroro).

Betty’s Notebook describes a scene so clearly authentic and so emotionally powerful that her experience tends to overshadow the other fifty-six credible signals heard in the days following the Electra’s failure to arrive at Howland Island. However, in truth, those receptions constitute a body of evidence far stronger than Betty’s alone. Similar to the castaway bone measurements analyzed by forensic anthropologist Richard Jantz, the post-loss radio signals constitute historically documented quantitative data that can be scientifically analyzed. As with Dr. Jantz’s findings, the patterns and relationships emerging from the data show that TIGHAR has answered the 81 year old question: what really happened to Amelia Earhart? ...

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Digging Into the Glenn Miller Disappearance

December 15 marked the 73rd anniversary of the disappearance of iconic Big Band leader Major Alton G. “Glenn” Miller on a 1944 flight from England to Paris. In terms of public familiarity, it’s an aviation mystery second only to the Earhart disappearance and, like the AE enigma, proposed answers to the riddle range from the ridiculous to the rational. The most credible research suggests that the UC-64 Noorduyn Norseman carrying Miller came down in the English Channel due to either weather or friendly fire.

We’re taking this a step at a time. We are raising funds to be used to cover Phase One. The purpose of Phase One will be to determine whether what appeared to be the wreck of a C-64 Noorduyn Norseman snagged, and briefly raised, by a fisherman trawling in the English Channel could possibly be the aircraft in which Miller was lost on December 15, 1944. If the informant’s account is found to be not credible, or the reported location is beyond the realm of possibility based on the known facts of the case, or the location is not specific enough – we’ll write a report and leave it at that. If Phase One finds that further research is warranted we’ll proceed with a possible research trip to England next year. A later search expedition would only be contemplated if it looked like there was a reasonable chance of locating and identifying the wreck.

Our ability to move forward depends entirely upon contributions to the Glenn Miller Research Fund. Please go ahead and contribute what you can now. We’ve made a great start. We’ll include a further progress report in the spring issue of TIGHAR Tracks.


The Earhart Project What Happened to Amelia Earhart 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. READ MORE.


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Finding Amelia II

TIGHAR’s new book is well under way. Click HERE to read a sample chapter and support the research and writing of this essential tool for all Earhart historians.

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