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The Glenn Miller Disappearance: Phase 2

Thanks to generous contributions to the Glenn Miller Research Fund, Phase 1 of TIGHAR’s investigation of the disappearance of iconic band leader Major Glenn Miller is now complete. TIGHAR has been able to piece together the known facts of the case. Many questions remain, but the circumstances that resulted in the fatal flight are well established, as are the events that contributed to the myth that the flight was brought down by friendly fire. TIGHAR’s investigation is now The Glenn Miller Project.

What we know for certain is that the weather was terrible, the flight was not properly authorized, the pilot was not qualified, and Miller should not have been aboard. Assessing the possibility that the wreck a fisherman briefly pulled from the English Channel circa 1987 was the Miller aircraft is the next step.

Expedition: December 10 – December 14, 2018

Research Itinerary:
Monday, December 10 Morning: Arrive London Heathrow, train to Yeovil.
  Afternoon: In Yeovilton to video interview the fisherman who briefly hauled up the wreck suspected of being the Miller aircraft.
Tuesday, December 11 Confirmed appointment at HM Hydrographic Office with archivist to determine if the British government already knows about a wreck in that location.
Wednesday, December 12 Drive to the Channel coast to get drone footage of Portland Bill and check on availability of vessels for a possible search.
Thursday, December 13 Morning: Assessment of research results.
  Afternoon: Train to London Heathrow.
December 14
This is essential research that will determine the future of the Glenn Miller Project.

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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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