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Project Midnight Ghost

It is arguably history’s most important missing aircraft.


When l’Oiseau Blanc, the White Bird of Charles Nungesser and François Coli, took off from Paris on May 8, 1927 with enough fuel to reach New York everyone, including Charles Lindbergh, assumed the famous French heroes would succeed in winning the $25,000 prize for the first nonstop flight between the two cities – but they never arrived. As Lindbergh wrote in his book The Spirit of St. Louis, “Step by step, newspaper headlines have followed Nungesser and Coli … only to have them vanish like midnight ghosts.” Had the White Bird reached New York, the Lone Eagle would not have flown the Atlantic, and the enormous boost his flight gave to the American aviation industry would not have happened. The consequences can only be imagined.

Project Midnight Ghost is the investigation that launched TIGHAR in 1984. Ten years later, after twenty expeditions in Maine and eight more in Newfoundland, we put the project on hold, awaiting better, more economical technology with which to complete the search and solve the mystery.

Le Jour est Arrivé

Twenty-seven years later, that day has arrived and we have scheduled a major expedition to Newfoundland in May of 2022, the 95th anniversary of Le Grand Raid de l’Oiseau Blanc (The Great Attempt of the White Bird). Watch for news and updates here on the TIGHAR website, in our quarterly journal TIGHAR Tracks, and in TIGHARNews email bulletins.

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the search for l'Oiseau Blanc.
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The Podcast Series: The Earhart Expeditions

TIGHAR’s new podcast series The Earhart Expeditions is available from all major podcast providers and is getting a great response from a large and growing new audience: “I just wanted to send an email to say how much I am enjoying the new podcasts. I’ve followed TIGHAR’s work pretty closely for a decade or so and consider myself pretty informed about your work, but the detailed play-by-play that Ric gives in the podcast is fascinating and really enjoyable. The relaxed conversational style is perfect.”

Each episode of is an informal conversation between Executive Director Ric Gillespie and Joan Sacks. Joan has been a TIGHAR member since 2012. Like most TIGHAR members, she’s familiar with The Earhart Project but has never heard the full behind-the-scenes story of the successes and failures, discoveries and disappointments, adventures and lessons that have brought us to where we are today.

The series is being presented in Seasons, with the episodes in each season covering one of the twelve TIGHAR expeditions to the Phoenix Islands. We release a new episode every Tuesday.

Podcasts are free, but you can get special bonus episodes by becoming a premium subscriber through Patreon for a small monthly contribution.

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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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