Back in October 1937, a British colonial officer was scouting Gardner Island, which is now called Nikumaroro. He took a photo of the island, and a shipwreck. But his camera also caught something else. And now, researchers believe that the blurry artifact in the photo might well be a landing gear from Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Electra. The people at The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) are convinced that it’s at least worth investigating, and famed finder of lost things Robert Ballard is going to take a look.
The wheel on the left is from Earhart’s takeoff accident on her first aborted attempt at flying around the world. The so-called Bevington object is the photographic smudge that has led the National Geographic Society to spend a few million bucks to see if the can find the missing plane.
Are we seeing elephants in cumulus clouds? Possibly. TIGHAR, and Robert Ballard, think otherwise. I guess we’ll find out.
Read more about the analysis of the photograph at TIGHAR.
The Washington Post also has a write-up about the photo and the search for the Electra.