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The Glenn Miller Project: Phase 2

Iconic band leader Major Glenn Miller disappeared on December 15, 1944 when the C-64 Norseman aircraft in which he was a passenger went down somewhere in the English Channel. The objective of TIGHAR’s Glenn Miller Project is to investigate whether an airplane wreck briefly raised by a fisherman in 1987 was the Miller aircraft.

Phase 1 of the project – December 2017 to October 2018 – established the known facts surrounding the flight and found no reason to disqualify the wreck as the Miller aircraft. The Phase 1 report was published in the October 18 issue of TIGHAR Tracks. (Click HERE for the full report.) The objective of Phase 2 is to determine whether to proceed to Phase 3, a physical search for the wreck. A research expedition to England in December 2018 conducted detailed interviews with the fisherman, consulted with British government officials, and collected documents, data, and contacts that will enable us to make that assessment. (Click HERE to read the Daily Reports from the expedition.) The results of Phase 2 will be published in the next issue of TIGHAR Tracks.

Only members of TIGHAR receive TIGHAR Tracks. (Click HERE to join TIGHAR.) Contributors to The Glenn Miller Project will receive a documentary video of the December research expedition now in production. Click HERE to make your donation.

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Post-Loss Radio Analysis

Beyond Betty

Fifteen year-old Betty Klenck’s transcription of the desperate pleas for help she heard on her family radio in July 1937 have been featured in books, articles, and television documentaries as a remarkable record of perhaps the last communication from Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan. The references to accurate information that Betty could not possibly have otherwise known leave little doubt that she heard a genuine distress call sent from the Electra on the reef at Gardner Island (now Nikumaroro).

Betty’s Notebook describes a scene so clearly authentic and so emotionally powerful that her experience tends to overshadow the other fifty-six credible signals heard in the days following the Electra’s failure to arrive at Howland Island. However, in truth, those receptions constitute a body of evidence far stronger than Betty’s alone. Similar to the castaway bone measurements analyzed by forensic anthropologist Richard Jantz, the post-loss radio signals constitute historically documented quantitative data that can be scientifically analyzed. As with Dr. Jantz’s findings, the patterns and relationships emerging from the data show that TIGHAR has answered the 81 year old question: what really happened to Amelia Earhart? ...

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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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