Put My Name Up In Lights

To help fund past expeditions we’ve sometimes sold exclusive media rights to networks who wanted to make documentaries. It’s a trade-off. We get some funding, but we give up editorial control and ownership of potentially historic footage. This time, the potential for historic footage is so high that we’ve decided to forego any media deals and make our own documentary of the Niku VIII expedition. The footage will be shot by TIGHAR’s own award-winning cinematographer Mark Smith of Oh Seven Films, and his video arsenal will include drones with high-definition cameras. It’s going to be one spectacular film. For a contribution of $49 or more your name will be listed in the credits of the film and you’ll receive a pre-release DVD of the film.

Sponsors of the film will be listed in six categories: $49+; $99+; $499+; $999+; $2,499+; and $4,999+.

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The 1937 Fund

We're asking you for some special help at this special time. We're asking every TIGHAR member to make a special contribution of at least $19.37. If you can send more, so much the better. Every dollar you donate to The 1937 Fund will make it possible for us to raise many dollars more.

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The Earhart Project

The Earhart Project is TIGHAR’s science-based investigation testing the hypothesis that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan landed, and eventually died, on Gardner Island, now Nikumaroro in the Republic of Kiribati. Archival research and ten expeditions have uncovered a compelling body of supporting evidence. The next expedition, scheduled for August 2014, will include further deep water searching off the atoll’s fringing reef for the wreckage of the airplane. Read more...

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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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