Finding Amelia: The True Story of the Earhart Disappearance

Finding Amelia: The True Story of the Earhart Disappearance

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by Ric Gillespie
     
 

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In the seventy years since the disappearance of Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan during a flight over the Central Pacific, their fate has remained one of history's most debated mysteries despite dozens of books offering solutions. This book is different. It draws on thousands of never before published primary source documents to present a narrative… See more details below

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In the seventy years since the disappearance of Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan during a flight over the Central Pacific, their fate has remained one of history's most debated mysteries despite dozens of books offering solutions. This book is different. It draws on thousands of never before published primary source documents to present a narrative that corrects decades of misconception. Ric Gillespie offers a very realistic picture of Earhart, her attempted world flight, the events surrounding her disappearance, and the U.S. government's failed attempt to find her. Scrupulously accurate yet thrilling to read, the book is based on information uncovered by the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR). Gillespie, TIGHAR's executive director and a former aviation accident investigator, notes that he does not argue for a particular theory but supports the hypothesis that Earhart and Noonan died as castaways on a remote Pacific atoll.

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Library Journal
Unlike other, more speculative books on the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, this premiere study by Gillespie (executive director, International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery) offers a mind-bogglingly detailed perspective on the 16-day attempt to save both the aviatrix and her navigator, Fred Noonan, following their downing near Howland Island in the Pacific. Despite the deployment of numerous auxiliary vessels, a battleship, and an aircraft carrier, the flight and resulting rescue effort were doomed, according to Gillespie, for numerous reasons. These include micromanaging by Earhart's husband as well as the White House, U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, and Department of Interior; Earhart's questionable airmanship; Earhart's and Noonan's inability to cope with Morse Code; and the loss of her plane's receiving antennae at takeoff on Lae, New Guinea. Gillespie suggests that Earhart may have set down on Gardner Island in the Pacific's Phoenix Group and lived well past her disappearance, but he offers no definitive evidence. Although this book is soundly researched, its highly technical style and scientific approach may be challenging to the casual reader. Recommended for aeronautical collections and large libraries. John Carver Edwards, Univ. of Georgia Libs. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781591143185
Publisher:
Naval Institute Press
Publication date:
09/28/2009
Pages:
276
Sales rank:
660,806
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author


Ric Gillespie, a recognized authority on Earhart's disappearance, has led eight archaeological search expeditions to the Pacific. A resident of Wilmington, DE, he has written about the subject for Life and Naval History.

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