The Earhart Project - Niku VIII Expedition

Preparations for the Niku VIII expedition are at a full gallop. HOWEVER, due to recent unforeseeable increases in airline and ROV costs, we will need to raise another $60,000 to give the expedition the full capability to conduct a thorough search of the areas we've targeted.

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.

Click on the "DONATE" image at right to make your donation.

To 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. Read more...

Maid 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. Read more...

Project Midnight Ghost

TIGHAR’s oldest project, the search for Nungesser and Coli and the White Bird. TIGHAR’s investigation into the disappearance of the French flight which nearly beat Lindbergh’s across the Atlantic takes its name from a quote by the Lone Eagle himself who described the lost aviators as having “vanished like midnight ghosts.” 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. Read more...

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