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February 1985. Operation Barnstormer: the discovery of 12 rare aircraft in a barn in upstate New York.

November 1985. Developed recommended standards and criteria for U.S. Government management of downed World War II aircraft on U.S. Government land in Alaska which were largely incorporated in the final report entitled “World War II in Alaska: A History And Resources Management Plan” prepared by Envirosphere Company in partial fulfillment of National Park Service Contract CX9700-5-005 in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Alaska District).

PMG logo1985 to present. Project Midnight Ghost, an investigation into the disappearance of the 1927 French transatlantic flight of Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli. To date this investigation has comprised twenty-seven field operations in the state of Maine and the province of Newfoundland.

Lady In WaitingApril 1986. Lady in Waiting: Evaluation of a World War II B-17 Flying Fortress in the Agaiambo Swamp, Papua New Guinea.

March 1987. Seminar at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum which explored applications of remote sensing technology to aviation archæological investigations.

Op Sep1986 to 2008. Operation Sepulchre, an investigation into reports that  World War II German aircraft survive in underground shelters. Archival research and on-site investigations in Germany examined and eliminated a number of sites.

Earhart logo1988 to present. The Earhart Project, an investigation into the disappearance of Amelia Earhart.

June 1988. Developed a special report on adaptive use of rare aircraft. Prepared in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, this two year study documented the alarming loss of rare aircraft in flying accidents.

October 1989. NIKU I, the first Earhart Project expedition to Nikumaroro, Phoenix Islands, Republic of Kiribati.

Preservation logoSeptember 1990. “Aircraft To Artifact,” a seminar at the Royal Air Force Museum in London, England. Attended by air museum directors and representatives from eight countries, this first-of-its kind seminar debated crucial issues in aviation historic preservation.

January 1991. The TIGHAR Guide to Aviation Historic Preservation Terminology.

October 1991. NIKU II, the second Earhart Project Expedition to Nikumaroro, Phoenix Islands.

April 1992. The Beast of Bombay Hook I: found, excavated, and evaluated the remains of a World War II P-47 fighter in the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Delaware. Major components of the aircraft were recovered for the Dover Air Force Base Museum.

September 1992–September 1994. Five expeditions authorized by the Historic Resources Division of the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador to investigate aircraft wreckage reported to be in a pond in a remote area of the Avalon Peninsula. This on-going investigation has included the deployment of Electro-Magnetic (EM) remote sensing technology through the ice in the winter and from a boat at other times of the year.

April 1993. The Beast of Bombay Hook II: recovery of the remains of a World War II P-47 fighter from the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Delaware. Artifacts are currently on exhibit at the Dover AFB Museum, Dover, Delaware.

April–November 1995. Consultation with National Park Service regarding draft review of National Register Bulletin No. 25: Guidelines For Evaluating And Documenting Historic Aviation Properties.

NIKU IIIFebruary 1996. NIKU IIIP (Preliminary), the third Earhart Project Expedition to Nikumaroro, Phoenix Islands.

February–March 1997. NIKU III, the fourth Earhart Project Expedition to Nikumaroro, Phoenix Islands.

March 1998. The Kanton Mission investigation at Kanton Island, Phoenix Islands.

November 1998. Earhart Project research trip to England.

July 1999. NIKU IIIIP (Preliminary), the fifth Earhart Project Expedition to Nikumaroro, Phoenix Islands.

July 2000. Archæological survey of B-23 World War II bomber wreck in the Payette National Forest, Idaho.

March 2001. Earhart Project research trip to Tarawa, Republic of Kiribati.

June 2001. Archeological survey of B-17C World War II bomber wreck in the Sierra Nevada mountains near Reno, NV.

NIKU IIIISeptember 2001. NIKU IIII, the sixth Earhart Project Expedition to Nikumaroro, Phoenix Islands.

September 2001. Fiji Bone Search I in and around Suva, Fiji, for the castaway's bones recovered from Nikumaroro in 1940.

December 2002. Archeological survey for National Register of Historic Places Nomination of crash site of YB-49 Flying Wing near Edwards Air Force Base, CA under contract to Federal Bureau of Land Managment.

NIKU VJuly 2003. NIKU Vp (Preliminary), the seventh Earhart Project expedition to Nikumaroro, Phoenix Islands.

July 2003. Fiji Bone Search II, including archival research in New Zealand, for the castaway's bones recovered from Nikumaroro in 1940.

devastator logoJanuary 2004. Devastator Project. Initial visit to Marshall Islands in preparation for Jaluit Lagoon Survey.

February 2004. Investigation of Lockheed Electra crash, Mt. Richmond, New Zealand.

May 2004. Devastator Project, Jaluit Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands. Archeological survey of WWII aircraft wrecks, including two TBD Devastators, in Jaluit Lagoon.

July 2004. Investigation of Lockheed Electra crash, Kellogg, Idaho.

August 2004. Investigation of Lockheed Electra crash, Ketchikan, Alaska.

December 2004. Devastator Project. Followup visit to Marshall Islands; partnership and sponsorship of conservation research, Texas A&M University Conservation Research Laboratory.

September 2006. Finding Amelia, Ric Gillespie’s book about the 1937 search for Earhart, published by the Naval Institute Press.

Maid of HarlechOctober 2006. Devastator Project. Completion of the Survey portion of the project with a joint TIGHAR/U.S. Navy visit to the site.

June 2007. The Maid of Harlech. A P-38 emerges from the sand and shallows of a beach in northeast Wales.

Niku VJuly 2007. Niku V, the eighth Earhart Project expedition to Nikumaroro, Phoenix Islands.

June 2009. Devastator Project. Logistical prep trip to the Marshall Islands with an engineering team.

May/June 2010. Niku VI, the ninth Earhart Project expedition to Nikumaroro, Phoenix Islands.

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