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 on: January 25, 2019, 01:15:26 PM 
Started by Ric Gillespie - Last post by Jeff Lange
I came into the room where my wife had it on. I had overheard the television and correctly guessed what she was watching. Saw 7-10 seconds of it and explained to my wife that Amelia would be 121 years old, so "NO" she wasn't alive. Exited the room.

 on: January 25, 2019, 01:08:54 PM 
Started by Ric Gillespie - Last post by Bill Mahoskey Jr
I recorded and watched the Travel Channel Documentary.

I thought it was well conceived, because it didn't subscribe to any particular theory, but shared most of them and let the viewer decide.

I worked with Linda Finch in Hawaii during her "round-the-world" flight in the mid 90's. She used our FBO for her Electra, and I actually worked on the Starboard engine. That...was the beginning of my passion for the Search for Amelia.

Bill Mahoskey

 on: January 25, 2019, 01:08:47 PM 
Started by Don Dollinger - Last post by Jeff Lange
Welcome Sean!

I just want to say- go ahead and stick the other oar in too! We know you want to!!!

 on: January 25, 2019, 07:04:13 AM 
Started by Ric Gillespie - Last post by Bill Mangus
I did not.

 on: January 24, 2019, 04:22:08 PM 
Started by Martin X. Moleski, SJ - Last post by Ric Gillespie
An important question in deciding whether the wreckage found by “Mr Fisher” is worth further investigation is that of the routing taken across the English Channel by the Norseman that day.

Yes.  We have tried but, so far, we have found nothing to show that the Miller Norseman did not try to cross at Portland Bill.  We can argue whether or not it was the wisest choice but we cannot dismiss it because it is not what the pilot "would have" done. In historical investigation, "would have" is a guess masquerading as a fact. To eliminate a crossing at Portland Bill we would have to find proof that the crossing happened elsewhere.

  One hypothesis is that Morgan chose to route via Portland Bill and then Cherbourg.  As someone who has flown across the channel in light aircraft many times, I have to say I think that is very, very unlikely, because of the poor visibility.

Do you know what the visibility along the Dorset coast was that afternoon?  I don't.

The best weather report we have for Twinwood that day is a visibility of only one and a half miles, which is still rubbish.

Agreed, but that report was for nearly two hours before Morgan took off.

  If that persisted all the way to the coast there is a good chance that Morgan would miss Portland Bill completely. OK, he would see the coast, but then he would have to fly along it east or west to find his chosen landmark, and it would be hard to know which way to go [similar to Earhart’s problem in the Pacific].

Agreed, but we don't know that Morgan was ever flying in one and a half mile visibility, let alone that those conditions persisted all the way to the coast.

A better bet would be to head south for the Isle of Wight.  That is wide enough to make it unlikely to miss, and it would then give a good fix for the leg to Cherbourg.  Furthermore the total distance to Villacoublay is less, and crucially the overwater distance is also less.

That all seems logical.

  Was there any reason NOT to route via the Isle of Wight?  Anti-aircraft defences around Southampton perhaps?

That would be my guess.  We haven't found a map of anti-aircraft defenses (guns and barrage balloons) along the coast for that time period, but we know that V-1s were an on-going threat to major military installations and population centers such as Southampton.

 on: January 24, 2019, 03:54:05 PM 
Started by Ric Gillespie - Last post by Martin X. Moleski, SJ
Did anybody watch this?

Not me.  Of course, I have all kinds of excuses, but even if I were in a house with the Travel Channel on the TVs, I would not have tuned it in. 

Some people might say that I don't have an open mind.  They would be right.  More power to them!

“Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.”

― G. K. Chesterton

 on: January 24, 2019, 03:36:03 PM 
Started by Ben Howe - Last post by Andrew M McKenna
“The Buka Island wreck site was directly on Amelia and Fred’s flight path, and it is an area never searched following their disappearance,” said William Snavely, Project Blue Angel director, in a statement. “What we’ve found so far is consistent with the plane she flew.”
" initial reports indicate that a piece of glass raised from the wreckage shares some consistencies with a landing light on the Lockheed Electra 10,” the project's statement explained."

Other than an apparent piece of glass, they don't say exactly what "wreckage" they've found.   At best they might be able to say is not inconsistent with the L-10, but claiming things are consistent with the L-10 is a bit of a stretch from what I see.

And the photo they show of something completely encrusted with coral is not what I'd expect to see of a crashed aircraft at 100 ft.

Isn't this the site that supposedly had gold bullion protected by a giant sea snake?

These guys, and the Mili Atoll guys, are where TIGHAR was in 1992.  A few scraps and some interesting stories.  We've at least been able to advance our hypotheses through archival and forensic work on top of the archaeology work.

I'm not holding my breath...


 on: January 24, 2019, 03:34:09 PM 
Started by Ric Gillespie - Last post by Ric Gillespie
Did anybody watch this?

 on: January 24, 2019, 03:31:58 PM 
Started by Ben Howe - Last post by Ric Gillespie
Is there another of the same name that makes sense to have "turned back" to?


I'm frankly amazed that this story gets any press at all.  Has anybody seen a photo that shows they have any kind of airplane wreck?  This nonsense first showed up in 2010 and I wrote a research bulletin about it in 2011.

 on: January 24, 2019, 02:46:57 PM 
Started by Ben Howe - Last post by Ben Howe
An attention grabbing headline.

The Buka Island I found is 2000 miles from post lost radio signal triangulation. 
5°16'26.6"S 154°38'46.0"E

Is there another of the same name that makes sense to have "turned back" to? 

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