Amelia Earhart Mystery: Old “Enhanced” Photo May Offer New Clues

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March 21 2012 4:31 PM

Amelia Earhart Mystery: Old “Enhanced” Photo May Offer New Clues

Seventy-five years later, could an old photo of Amelia Earhart solve the mystery of her disappearance?

Newly enhanced, a 1937 photo taken just three months after the female aviator was lost over the South Pacific may show part of the wreckage of her plane. An object in the water on a beach of an island source of distress signals that year bears strong resemblance to the landing gear of a Lockheed Electra—the aircraft Earhart was famously using to circumnavigate the globe.

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Nearing the end of her famous quest to be the first woman to circle the world, Earhart was headed to Howland Island for her last refuel before crossing the rest of the Pacific. She never landed. 

The photo’s subject, which even enhanced is so fuzzy that researchers have jokingly named it “Nessie” after the Loch Ness Monster, is still a strong clue, they say. A 10-day search with sonar starts in July. We’ll believe it when we see some photos taken in the 21st century.