The tremendous response to our Down To The Wire appeal has closed the $60,000 gap in expedition funding. The ship charter is fully paid and the many boxes of TIGHAR expedition gear are on their way to Fiji. The TIGHAR team will depart from Los Angeles on Saturday, June 6. We’ll fly to Fiji, load our gear aboard Nai’a and begin the five-day, thousand mile voyage to Nikumaroro on June 8. We anticipate two weeks of search operations – June 13 to June 26 – before sailing back to Fiji. We’ll return to Los Angeles on July 1.
During the expedition, daily updates will be posted HERE on the TIGHAR website. Many of the updates will reference the new grid map in the Niku VIII Search Reference Kit. If you don’t already have yours, order one today and we’ll make sure you have it before search operations begin.
We Still Need Your Help
There have been more unexpected and unbudgeted expenses associated with the expedition amounting to several thousand dollars. Shipping costs are far higher than anticipated and the government of Kiribati has decided that we have to pay for five officials to fly from Tarawa to Fiji to clear the ship out of port – a new requirement – so please keep the support coming.
What to Expect From This Expedition
In 1988, TIGHAR began testing the hypothesis that Amelia Earhart’s final flight ended on the remote, uninhabited Pacific atoll known in 1937 as Gardner Island and today as Nikumaroro. Twenty-seven years of research, including ten archaeological expeditions to the island, have produced a preponderance of archival, photographic, analytical, and artifact evidence suggesting that the hypothesis is correct – but no single conclusive artifact has yet been found. Such a “smoking gun” object may or may not still exist, and if it does it may or may not be discoverable with the assets we can bring to bear.
As with all searches, we cannot be confident of making a dramatic discovery. We’ve made many breakthroughs in the twenty-seven years we’ve been investigating the Earhart disappearance but there are never any guarantees. This expedition is nothing more, and nothing less, than an attempt to build on the preponderance of evidence that has already established Nikumaroro as the most likely answer to the Earhart riddle. If we find something conclusive we will, of course, be delighted, and you’ll be the first to know.
This expedition may be our last opportunity to find whatever more there is to find. It is extremely important that you contribute what you can. Please click here to donate today.